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From left, Porschia Olson, 9, of Otsego, Minn., James Palmer, 10, of Bemidji, and Kaela Schultz, 7, of Grand Forks, N.D., make dragon masks Saturday in the Boys & Girls Club of the Bemidji Area crafts tent at the Lake Bemidji Dragon Boat Festival. Pioneer Photo/Molly Miron

Dragon boat races draw 69 paddling teams, thousands of spectators

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With just a whisper of wind from the right direction, balmy temperatures and good cheer throughout, the fifth annual Lake Bemidji Dragon Boat Festival made for a perfect Saturday on the waterfront.


Add downtown Crazy Daze fun, and Bemidji was nearly bursting at the seams.

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