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Obama to visit Minneapolis Monday

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The White House announced Tuesday that President Barack Obama will visit Minneapolis next Monday, the Star Tribune reports.

The reason for his visit is unclear. WCCO says there is some speculation that the president could be coming to discuss gun control.

More details will be released when they become available, according to MPR.

The announcement came on the same day as the announcement that Ray LaHood was stepping down as Secretary of Transportation. Among the names mentioned as a possible replacement is that of former longtime Minnesota Congressman Jim Oberstar, the Star Tribune noted.

Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak, an early supporter of Obama even in the early days of the 2008 campaign, also at times has been mentioned as a possible nominee for a post in Obama's administration.

Rybak was in Washington earlier this month to huddle with other mayors and talk to contacts in the Obama administration about gun control. At a press conference, Rybak's visit prompted a question about the prospect of a presidential job offer, MinnPost noted.

“I expect them to offer me Transportation or HUD,” Rybak joked. “I can’t decide which.”

Obama's last stop in Minnesota was on June 1, when he toured Honeywell in Golden Valley and attended a series of fundraisers in Minneapolis.

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