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Watching the Vikings at home has been a family tradition for the Malteruds for the last four years. Making a family weekend out of it -- visiting Valleyfair, a zoo, perhaps taking in a Twins game -- the family now always plans to attend the first home-opener of the regular season. Pictured in 2012 are, from left, Sierra, Misty, Chris and Weston. Submitted Photo

Bemidji family has fond memories of Metrodome, which marked its last day Sunday

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BEMIDJI — Within minutes of their first visit together, they were hooked.

“One of the first things we said to each other was, ‘Oh we are so coming back,’” recalled Misty Malterud.

It was Oct. 24, 2004, and Misty made her first visit to the Metrodome, watching the Minnesota Vikings defeat the Tennessee Titans 20-3 alongside her husband, Chris, a longtime devoted Vikings fan.

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