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State Sen. Tom Saxhaug, DFL-Grand Rapids, wears a red and black Paul Bunyan plaid vest and is surrounded by arts advocates, representatives from arts organizations and thankful grant recipients at the “Coffee Party to Advocate for the Arts” hosted by the Bemidji Community Arts Center in the Carnegie Library building on a sub-zero Saturday morning. Patt Rall| Bemidji Pioneer

Crowd tells senator arts funding makes a difference

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BEMIDJI – An overflow crowd braved sub-zero temps Saturday morning to meet Sen. Tom Saxhaug in the old Carnegie Library here.

Saxhaug, DFL-Grand Rapids, appeared in Bemidji for the “coffee party to advocate for the arts,” an event hosted by the Region 2 Arts Council, the Bemidji Community Arts Center and the Minnesota Citizens for the Arts.


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