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Lillian "Lil" Helgeson, 98, of Debs, looks at a hand-drawn map of the Buzzle School area, published in a Buzzle Township record book. Helgeson taught at the Buzzle School for almost two years, starting in 1930. At her home in Debs, Helgeson shared old memories of the school with her daughter, Mardell Kiesel of Anchorage, Alaska, and neighbor Vi Johnson. Pioneer Photo/Anne Williams

Debs woman tells stories of teaching at Buzzle

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When Lillian "Lil" Helgeson of Debs learned the Bemidji School District was considering selling the old Buzzle School property, memories rekindled in her mind of that one-room school house in the woods.


Helgeson, now 98 years old, recalled those unforgettable days of teaching at the country school over lefse and flatbread Monday morning at her home in Debs.

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