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President Obama visits Minnesota to talk economic struggle

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MINNEAPOLIS, MN - President Barack Obama is spending a day with a Minneapolis mother who wrote to him about her struggles to make ends meet. He's aiming to put a human face on the economic policies Democrats are championing.          

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The president opens a two-day visit Thursday to Minnesota. He'll hold a town hall meeting, headline a Democratic fundraiser and speak about raising the minimum wage.          

The trip's centerpiece is the time Obama will spend with 36-year-old Rebekah Erler of St. Anthony, Minnesota. Her letter made its way to Obama's desk.          

Obama and Erler are scheduled to have lunch and make a number of stops in the Minneapolis area. The White House says it's the first of a series of "Day in the Life" visits Obama will make this summer.

Obama’s stop Thursday comes almost 50 years to the day when then-President Lyndon Johnson peered over the wall of Minnehaha Falls during a Swedish Day festival in the park.          

The falls are crashing with extra force right now due to intense rains that pushed the feeder creek outside its banks. When Johnson appeared, Minneapolis was in the midst of a drought, and hydrants had to be opened to give the falls some oomph.          

See Obama's schedule here.

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