Santorum sweater vests have business booming at Bemidji Woolen Mills

Rick Santorum's presidential campaign ordered 1,000 sweater vests from the Bemidji company and is giving them to anyone who donates $100. The company's owner says he's happy for the business but it's a little overwhelming. And he's never moved so many vests, which are usually a "back of the store" item.
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Rick Santorum's presidential campaign ordered 1,000 sweater vests from the Bemidji company and is giving them to anyone who donates $100. The company's owner says he's happy for the business but it's a little overwhelming. And he's never moved so many vests, which are usually a "back of the store" item.

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