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Tinklenberg to battle Bachmann for a third time

Democrat Elwyn Tinklenberg on Monday announced his third bid to unseat U.S. Rep. Michelle Bachmann.

Tinklenberg's announcement made official his bid to defeat the two-term congresswoman in the 6th District in the 2010 general election.

In an e-mail to supporters and posted on his Web site, Tinklenberg said by coming within 3 percentage points in the last election, "we showed could make this a competitive race, and that I can win."

The 6th District extends from the eastern portion of Stearns County, including Paynesville, through Wright, Sherburne, Anoka and Washington counties.

"I've worked to bring people together," Tinklenberg wrote, saying Bachmann "seeks to divide people, to spread cynicism, and instill distrust."

Tinklenberg is a former mayor of Blaine and he also served as state transportation commissioner under former Gov. Jesse Ventura.