U.S. Sen. Rand Paul is bringing his presidential campaign to Minnesota on Monday for a series of rallies in Minneapolis, Duluth and Rochester. 

Paul, a Kentucky Republican, is holding a pair of "Students for Rand" rallies at the University of Minnesota campuses in Minneapolis and Duluth. The Minneapolis rally will be held at 11:30 a.m. in Coffman Memorial Union. 

Both that, and a 1:45 p.m. rally at Kirby Event Center at UMD, are open to the public. Later in the day, Paul will headline a general rally at the Rochester Eagles Club at 4:30 p.m. 

Paul's call to drastically shrink the federal government echoes that of his father, former U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, a GOP presidential candidate in 2008 and 2012.

Ron Paul amassed a significant following in Minnesota in those two cycles, and Rand Paul will look to capitalize on that as he competes in Minnesota's March 1 presidential caucus. At the moment, Paul is the only Republican presidential candidate to have a paid staff member working full-time in Minnesota. 

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