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Ted Gillett, representing the Neilson Foundation, and Bemidji Mayor Richard Lehmann cut the ribbon for the official opening of the Bemidji Skate Park Friday afternoon as hundreds showed up for the event. It is located in the renovated Bemidji City Park, 1230 23rd St. N.W., and features Minnesota's first public concrete skate park with a 6-foot bowl. Pioneer Photo/Monte Draper

Bemidji Skate Park: 'It's pretty cool'

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Alex Vanegas stood alongside the bowl at the Bemidji Skate Park Friday afternoon, holding his skateboard in his right hand and patiently waiting his turn.

"It's pretty cool. I like it," said the 16-year-old, who visited Bemidji from Detroit Lakes to see the Skate Park for the first time. "It's a concrete skate park. I heard it was cool. It is."

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