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Cross-country cyclist from Bemidji experiences new vistas; raises funds for mission

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Paul Bengtson always wanted to see the deserts of the American Southwest wearing their springtime blooms.

Last March, the Bemidji man set out to accomplish that goal on his bicycle with a ride across the United States from Carlsbad, Calif., to St. Simon's Island, Ga. In between, he pedaled 1,500,900 revolutions in 172 hours on his bike, covering 2,550 miles.

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