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First president of the Bemidji State Normal School M.W. Deputy stands fourth from left in this 1921 photo of the faculty and administration. Beltrami County Historical Society

BSU's first teachers had 38 students

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Ninety years ago, aspiring teachers first arrived at Bemidji State Normal School.

Starting with a summer session, the school opened in 1919. That fall, it had 38 students.

"And I think of the 38, two were men," said Art Lee, Bemidji State professor emeritus of history.

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