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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.

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 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.

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."

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.

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.