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Bemidji area's 'Minnesota Nice' praised

"Minnesota Nice" came to life for my friend, Marta, and me on June 9. That is the day a deer decided to use my car as the weapon for suicide. What could have been a devastating experience turned into a blessing because of the actions of a host of Bemidji-area individuals.

Among those who came to our aid were the cashier at Pete's South; Joel Dahl, a dairy farmer from Clearbrook; Dave (dispatcher), Teri Speck and Adam Olson from the Beltrami County Sheriff's Office; the tow truck driver, Amanda and Brad from Beltrami Industrial Services, Inc.; Star and Scott from Sam's Auto Body; Charlie from Aazzee's Auto Salvage; Wendy and Barb from National Car Rental; and David Olson and Craig Knutson from Honda of Bemidji.

Teri Speck set the tone from the beginning as she methodically set about helping us with patience and understanding that is rare indeed. We were vulnerable: two 60-plus women approximately 1,400 miles from home in a town where we knew absolutely no one. At no point did we feel exploited. To the contrary, everyone seemed to bend over backwards trying to assist in any way possible.

We would like to thank all the folks who helped us, listened to our concerns and lifted our spirits. Bemidji and the residents of the area will always hold a special place in our hearts. I pray that North Carolinians can be as kind and generous to visitors in our state as you were to us.

Rebecca J. Coltrane

Trinity, N.C.