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Riders in the fifth annual New Year’s Day Brrrmidji Bike Ride turn onto Minnesota Avenue to start off their frigid tour of downtown Bemidji. At 11 below, this year’s ride was the coldest so far since the tradition began in 2010. Zach Kayser | Bemidji Pioneer

Cold Lang Syne: Brrrmidji Bike Ride enters fifth frigid year

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BEMIDJI — “We have a record!” Diane Pittman said excitedly after consulting her phone.

She and about a dozen other hearty souls were about to start the new year with a bang (and a shiver) Wednesday by embarking on the fifth annual Brrmidji Bike Ride, conducted on the first day of every year since 2010.

The record? At 11 below, this was the coldest Brrmidji Bike Ride to date.

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