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Paul and Ida Martinson pore over a book of China landscapes, a gift they received during their recent ambassadorship to an international culture and tourism seminar at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Pioneer Photo/Molly Miron

China Service Ventures: China recognizes Bemidji couple for youth outreach

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Paul and Ida Martinson were thrown into the spotlight during an international gathering earlier this month in Beijing, China.

They were recognized for a three-generation family tradition of missionary work, the establishment of a new education program for rural youth and future plans for redevelopment of a cultural exchange at a historic mountain retreat in Henan Province.

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