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Mills Fleet Farm executive planning to seek 8th District seat in Congress

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ST. PAUL, Minn. - A Brainerd businessman with a familiar family name is pushing ahead with a bid for Congress as a Republican in the recently competitive 8th District in northern Minnesota.

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Stewart Mills III, grandson of the founder of Mills Fleet Farm chain of stores, planned to file paperwork Wednesday to raise money toward a challenge to Democratic Rep. Rick Nolan. He set two events in the district to lay out his campaign, including one at the site of a new store in the retail chain.

Mills has been eyeing a campaign for months. He has been particularly vocal about gun rights issues as Congress was weighing new firearms restrictions.

The 41-year-old is currently a Fleet Farm vice president.

Nolan beat a GOP incumbent to return to Congress after previously serving from 1975 to 1981.

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