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  Klobuchar's Iron Range roots run deep
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Last EditedEric  Sep 12, 2005 01:53pm
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News DateMonday, September 12, 2005 07:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionVIRGINIA — U.S. Senate Democratic candidate Amy Klobuchar doesn’t have to worry about name identification — at the least on the Iron Range.

She knows the area well, and many in the area know the Klobuchar name well. Her father, former StarTribune columnist and author of many books, Jim Klobuchar, is an Ely native who retold many Iron Range stories in the column he wrote for about 30 years for the Twin Cities’ largest newspaper.

But Amy Klobuchar has made a name for herself in recent years as Hennepin County attorney. Now she wants the Klobuchar name to have U.S. Sen. before it.

“I have a good feeling about support up here. There are a lot of relatives and a lot of friends. Over the Fourth of July, I made seven parades and the support was really nice. People are not happy with what’s going on,” said Klobuchar during a recent visit to Virginia.

Klobuchar is one of four Democrats seeking the party’s nomination for the 2006 Senate election. Current Democratic Sen. Mark Dayton announced several months ago that he would not seek re-election. Klobuchar, missing children’s advocate Patty Wetterling and longtime party activist Ford Bell have all said they would abide by the DFL Party endorsement. Twin Cities businessman Kelly Doran, however, has said he will run in the primary if he doesn’t receive the endorsement.
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