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Arnold Dahl, outside the Bena store that has been in his family since 1932. The grounds behind the building will play host next weekend to WinnieFest 2013, a musical festival. Monte Draper | Bemidji Pioneer

Back in beautiful Bena: Restoring historic Winnibigoshish General Store, founding WinnieFest a labor of love for Arnold Dahl and Matthew Wooley

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BENA -- He gave it all up.

A good-paying "suit-and-tie" gig at the corporate headquarters of an RV manufacturer, a life with friends and a loving partner in a progressive community in idyllic coastal Oregon, a future of near-guaranteed success -- all to return to Bena, and take over a floundering business in a crumbling, ancient building.


It was a smart move.

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Justin Glawe
Reporting on crime, courts and Beltrami county government. Follow me on Twitter @JustinGlawe.
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