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Todd Palin tours Arctic Cat plant in Thief River Falls, Minn.

THIEF RIVER FALLS -- Todd Palin's visit to Arctic Cat Friday was more about snowmobiles than politics. The husband of Republican Vice President candidate Sarah Palin took an hour-long tour of the production plant and then signed autographs for ab...

THIEF RIVER FALLS -- Todd Palin's visit to Arctic Cat Friday was more about snowmobiles than politics.

The husband of Republican Vice President candidate Sarah Palin took an hour-long tour of the production plant and then signed autographs for about another hour.

The cross-country racer for the snowmobile manufacturer attracted about 300 autograph seekers.

He signed campaign signs and stickers made available at the door by the campaign, but probably signed more Arctic items.

He answered two media questions about his wife before his handlers cut off inquires.

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"He's not a political guy. He's a snowmobile racer," said Tom Steward, a communications director for the presidential ticket. "He's not running for office."

Palin's campaigning lasted less than one minute. His entire pitch was "Alaskans and Minnesotans share a lot of the same qualities," he said. They like hunting and the outdoors."

"If you vote for the McCain-Palin ticket, you'll have advocates for what I love to do, you love to do, and Sarah loves to do. I encourage your support," Palin said.

The Grand Forks Herald and The Forum are both owned by Forum Communications Co.

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