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About 200 people turned out Sunday for a photo shoot at Chet Anderson Stadium on the Bemidji State University campus to wish former Beaver player Trent Baalke well in next weekend's Super Bowl. Photo by John Swartz | Bemidji State University Photo Services

BSU alumni, friends show up for 'super' photo

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BSU alumni, friends show up for 'super' photo
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BEMIDJI - About 200 people turned out Sunday for a photo shoot at Chet Anderson Stadium on the Bemidji State University campus to wish former Beaver player Trent Baalke well in next weekend's Super Bowl.

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Baalke is the general manager for the San Francisco 49ers, who will face the Baltimore Ravens in the NFL championship game.

Among those gathering Sunday were BSU alumni, friends, student-athletes and other students, coaches, President Richard Hanson, and former President Jim Bensen and his wife, Nancy.

"People really showed their Bemidji State pride, and nearly everyone wore green," BSU spokesman Scott Faust said in an email. "Even though the temperature reached into the 20s today, there was still a good wind off the lake, so we assembled the group and took the photos in short order. Everyone was out of there by 2:50 p.m." 

Photos of the gathering will be sent to Baalke and the 49ers, and BSU also plans to share the photos in social media circles.

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Steve Wagner
Grand Forks Herald Editor Steve Wagner can be reached at 701.780.1104 and swagner@gfherald.com. He joined the Herald in April 2013, and previously worked as editor at the Bemidji (Minn.) Pioneer and in several newsroom roles -- including news director, investigative reporter and cops/court reporter - at The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead. His experience includes extensive reporting related to Dru Sjodin's disappearance and the federal death penalty case for her murderer, Alfonso Rodriguez Jr., along with projects about immigration, the fatal 2002 train derailment in Minot, N.D., and the 20th anniversary of Gordon Kahl's massacre of U.S. marshals. Wagner also worked as a reporter at newspapers in the Twin Cities and Iowa. In his spare time, Wagner is an avid runner and occasionally writes about his experiences on his blog, Addicted to Running.
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