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Bemidji sweater vest maker sticks with Santorum

Bill Batchelder's loyalty to Rick Santorum was dyed in the wool. Batchelder was the only one of 40 delegates representing Minnesota to cast a vote for Santorum (33 went to Ron Paul, six to Romney) at the Republican National Convention on Tuesday. Santorum visited Batchelder's sweater factory in Bemidji last February, a trip prompted by the former Pennsylvania senator’s fondness for Batchelder’s Bemidji Woolen Mills sweater vests.

Santorum's Minnesota supporters having trouble warming up to Romney

Some of Rick Santorum's Minnesota supporters say they'll vote for Mitt Romney but doubt they'll volunteer time to his campaign. One feels that Romney doesn't need her help the way Santorum did. Soft support from Santorum Republicans may be more damaging to Romney in swing states than in Minnesota, which looks to be headed into the Obama column.

We'll always have Bemidji: Santorum wistful about sweater vest maker in campaign wrapup

Bemidji Woolen Mills occupied a prominent spot in Rick Santorum's speech wrapping up his presidential campaign. Santorum reminisced about visiting the factory that produced so many of the vests worn by the candidate and his followers. For a time Santorum was giving a vest to any donor of $100 or more.

Rick Santorum stumps in Hudson

The GOP presidential hopeful spoke to about 150 supporters at his first of four Wisconsin stops Friday. During the visit, KARE 11 reports Santorum referred to Republican favorite Ronald Reagan more than a dozen times. Wisconsin's primary is on April 3.

Santorum's caucus victory not translating into cash in Minnesota

Minnesota's leading Republican donors have contributed more to his rivals than they have to Rick Santorum's presidential campaign. Santorum supporters say it shows their candidate's strength lies in reaching grassroots conservatives, rather than party leaders.

Rick Santorum claims victory in North Dakota on Super Tuesday

Ron Paul made a last-minute pitch in Fargo but failed to capture what he hoped might be his first win in the primary race. The Fargo Forum Santorum won all but 11 of the state's 47 districts and captured 39.7 percent of the statewide vote.

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.

Santorum coming back to region for Fargo appearance

Rick Santorum's stop in Fargo on Wednesday will come eight days after Minnesota Republicans helped breathe new life into his presidential campaign.

Former Bachmann spokeswoman working for Santorum's campaign

The Hill confirms, Alice Stewart is serving as Santorum's national press secretary and will travel with him. Stewart was the Minnesota congresswoman's main media contact before Bachmann dropped out of the race for the White House in January.

Rick Santorum pulls ahead in three states, says 'conservatism is alive and well'

Minnesota's Republicans cheered Rick Santorum, snubbed Mitt Romney and awarded Ron Paul his best performance yet on a night that Santorum says leaves the race "in no-man's land."

Poll: Rick Santorum leads Minnesota on big day for Republican race

Public Policy Polling says Santorum is leading with 33 percent of the vote here as Minnesotans head out to caucus. Mitt Romney trails him in second place with 24 percent. The pollster says Santorum owes his strong lead to Tea Party members, evangelical Christians and those who describe themselves as "very conservative."

In Rochester appearance Santorum calls Romney "unqualified" on health care

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum says health care is the fundamental issue of the campaign. He criticized the high cost of "Romneycare" -- the plan Romney rolled out as governor of Massachusetts.

Gingrich, Santorum, Paul converge on Minnesota on eve of caucuses

Rick Santorum will visit Rochester on Monday morning, Ron Paul will rally in St. Cloud, and Newt Gingrich will appear Monday evening in Bloomington. MPR has details on the campaign events. The International Business Times takes a look at what is shaping up to be a volatile and competitive race here in Minnesota, and the Associated Press says Minnesota's conservatives are veering hard right, which could be a bad sign for Romney.

At Eden Prairie church and Bemidji factory, Santorum stays upbeat

The Republican presidential candidate spoke about his faith in Eden Prairie, saying the country was built from the bottom up by faithful people. In Bemidji Santorum toured the plant that makes the sweater vests that have become the trademark of his campaign.

Poll: Close race for Minnesota GOP presidential nomination

All four Republican presidential hopefuls have a chance at winning Minnesota's caucuses Tuesday. A new survey by Public Policy Polling shows Rick Santorum with a slight lead over Mitt Romney, followed by Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul.

Negative campaigning hits Minnesota: PAC backing Santorum slams Gingrich, Romney

A television ad paid for by the "Red, White, and Blue" PAC tries to link Republican presidential candidates Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich with President Obama, saying they've all backed big government and bailouts. The hero of the ad, Rick Santorum, is coming to Minnesota this weekend with campaign stops in Eden Prairie and Bemidji.

Rick Santorum to speak at Eden Prairie church

The Republican presidential hopeful will speak during the Sunday service at Grace Church, two days before the Minnesota caucuses. He's set to visit Bemidji the same day.

Republican Rick Santorum to visit Minnesota today

The former U.S. Senator turned presidential hopeful will hold a town hall meeting at the Pizza Ranch in Luverne, Minn. Santorum is the first candidate to visit Minnesota ahead of the caucuses on Feb. 7.

Made in Bemidji: Special edition Santorum sweater vests

The Bemidji Woolen Mills just shipped the first batch to South Carolina and will begin production on a thousand more this week. Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum wore a blue sweater vest throughout much of his Iowa caucus campaign. After officially being declared the winner of Iowa last week, Santorum and his campaign staff are now calling the sweater vests a good luck charm. The Pioneer reports the former Pennsylvania Senator wanted to find an American manufacturer to produce special edition sweater vests and a member of his staff recommended the Bemidji Wollen Mills.