Skip to main content

Vice President Mike Pence to visit Duluth as White House steps up 8th District support

He'll stump for 8th District GOP candidate Pete Stauber.

In June it was President Donald Trump, next week it will be Vice President Mike Pence paying a visit to Duluth.

Minnesota's 8th Congressional District has been identified as one of the Republican Party's major pickup opportunities in this November's mid-terms, something the White House is acutely aware of.

In a series of elections where heavy Democratic wins are predicted, the Minnesota GOP think the retirement of long-serving DFL incumbent Rick Nolan has thrown the race in the Northland wide open.

It's now considered a "toss-up" by The Cook Political Report, and while Democratic hopefuls will go through a primary this month to determine who will run, the Republican Party has already identified Pete Stauber as the man they hope will turn the district red.

He still faces a challenge in the Aug. 14 primary, from anti-Trump candidate Harry Welty (who you might know for the snow sculptures he creates every winter), but Stauber is the heavy favorite and enjoys the full support of the current GOP party.

The Duluth native is a former pro-hockey player (with the Detroit Red Wings organization) turned police officer, and was invited onto the stage by President Trump during his visit to Minnesota on June 20.

On Wednesday, he'll welcome Pence to town, where the VP will join him at a private fundraising event. There's no indication at this stage whether Pence will appear publicly.

Subscribe: Sign up to our daily newsletters.

Of Pence, Stauber said in a press release: "He not only understands our Midwestern values, he lives them every day.

"I am pleased he and the president are doing all they can to unleash the economic engine in northern Minnesota, and I look forward to welcoming the Vice President here next week."

On the DFL side, Soren Christian Sorensen, Kirsten Hagen Kenedy, Michelle Lee, Jason Metsa and Joe Radinovich are fighting for the Democratic nomination, with the Duluth News Tribune on Tuesday endorsing Radinovich.

Next Up

Jaelyn Campbell

11-year-old girl missing from Mille Lacs County

Jaelyn Campbell was last seen in Onamia.

Screen Shot 2022-08-12 at 1.58.08 PM

2 ejected, 1 killed in crash that closed southbound I-35

The State Patrol says neither were wearing seat belts.

best buy

Best Buy makes job cuts weeks after warning of soft sales

The Richfield retailer has been dealing with a shift in consumer trends.

Screen Shot 2022-08-12 at 10.26.20 PM

Man makes 'vague comments' about Jewish people, smashes own car with club

It happened at a course that was founded as a Jewish country club 100 years ago.

Screen Shot 2022-08-12 at 9.59.07 PM

4 abandoned puppies found in a bucket in Willmar

The puppies were in good health when they were discovered.

Minneapolis police

Suspect of home invasion, murder in Minneapolis arrested in Wisconsin

There have been 57 deaths reported as homicides in Minneapolis this year.

Carson McCoy

Charges: Man stole handgun from house, fired at motorcyclists from car

A chaotic scene that led to a police chase unfolded after an alleged burglary in Ham Lake.

Mounds view 7 - crime scene

BCA's Uniform Crime Report shows violent crime in MN spiked in 2021

The report details violent crime trends in the seven-county metro and Greater Minnesota.

Screen Shot 2022-08-12 at 4.49.22 PM

Search for vulnerable man, 66, missing from Brooklyn Park

Alex Ramirez was last seen in the early hours of Thursday morning.

St. Cloud Times

St. Cloud Times writing staff hit by Gannett budget cuts

Mass layoffs were expected at Gannett-owned outlets across the country.


Pool company sued by AG for allegedly scamming homeowners out of $1M-plus

According to the lawsuit, 17 Minnesota homeowners were affected by this scam.


VP Mike Pence is in Minneapolis this week

The vice president will address an America First Policies meeting.

Mike Pence hails success of Twin Cities during MN visit

The Twin Cities are proof his government's policies are working, the VP says.

Vice President Mike Pence cancels appearance in St. Paul

He's heading to Washington state to respond to the coronavirus outbreak.

Defeated Republican Stewart Mills to pay for an 8th District recount

After losing to Rick Nolan in the 8th Congressional District election by a slender margin, Stewart Mills is asking for a recount.

Duluth prepares for visit of President Donald Trump

A number of counter protest events will be held in the city.

Joe Biden

Joe Biden confirms he will visit Duluth on Friday

He will visit a union training center.

Screen Shot 2020-09-18 at 3.19.10 PM

What did Joe Biden say during his visit to Duluth?

The Democratic presidential candidate visited a union training center before giving remarks in Hermantown.