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Former Minn. speaker appears on verge of gov bid


ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- Former Republican House Speaker Kurt Zellers is ready to announce his 2014 plans, with signs pointing to a run for Minnesota governor.

Zellers has scheduled a Sunday event in his home city Maple Grove. But "Zellers for Governor" Internet domains were reserved Tuesday and registration details tie directly to him.

He would be seeking the GOP nod to challenge Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton.

Zellers led the House for two years. But he slid from power when his GOP caucus lost its majority to Democrats in the 2012 election.

The 43-year-old North Dakota native has long been involved in Minnesota politics. He was a political aide before winning his legislative seat in a fast-growing suburban area west of Minneapolis in 2003.

Other announced GOP candidates are businessman Scott Honour and Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson.

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