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Georgia Hirt, in her first heavy, homemade curling sweater, and Ruth Howe display some of the souvenir participation pins Howe collected from bonspiels she competed in since she started curling in 1957. The pair have organized a women's curling celebration social from 1:30-4:30 p.m. March 12 at the Bemidji Curling Club. Pioneer Photo/Molly Miron

Bemidji Curling Club: Veteran women curlers to celebrate

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The Bemidji Curling Club was founded in 1935, but until 1951, it was a men-only outfit.

"The men did not want women involved," said Georgia Hirt, who joined the club in 1956 when the rink was in a shed on America Avenue. "My husband's mom, Carolyn Hirt, was the first."

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She said Carolyn's grandson, Chase Jackson, is now the president of the Bemidji Curling Club.

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