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Dragon boat teams are noted for their bright colors but this year unique names are popping up. Shown above oarsman Gary Pederson, right, shows team "Iraq Was Wack" how to hold their paddle. Pioneer Photo/Monte Draper

Bemidji Dragon Boat Festival: Creative names boost morale

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William Shakespeare once wrote, "What's in a name?" In the case of the 77 teams participating in the Bemidji Dragon Boat Festival, a name can signify pride and purpose.

A name can tell competitors and supporters what a team stands for. It can symbolize a team's conviction and also boost morale.

In Bemidji's festival, teams represent a variety of different groups - businesses, clubs, organizations and families - which has resulted in a long list of unique team names.

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