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Senate minority leader heading to Fargo on Monday

FARGO -- U.S. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell will be in Fargo on Monday, The Forum has confirmed.

McConnell, a senator from Kentucky, will be in town to help North Dakota Gov. John Hoeven kick off his Senate campaign in the Red River Valley.

An event is planned at 12:45 p.m. Monday at Fargo's Radisson Hotel, according to a tweet from the NDGOP.

"I think it'll be great to have him here, and we're going to talk about some things that I think will be important for our state and for our country," Hoeven said this morning.

North Dakota GOP Executive Director Adam Jones hadn't yet heard of McConnell's visit when contacted by The Forum, but said it is exciting for the election season.

"I think it means this is going to be a targeted Senate race that's going to draw a lot of national attention, and we look forward to it," Jones said.

Hoeven also plans to visit with The Forum editorial board, along with McConnell.

Hoeven announced last week his intentions to seek the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Byron Dorgan.