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At his Turtle River home, Gary Burger talks about the resurgence of his band The Monks during a 2006 interview with the Pioneer. (Pioneer file photo)

Famed local artist Gary Burger dies at 70

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BEMIDJI -- Musician and filmmaker Gary Burger of Turtle River died early Friday, family and friends said. He was 70.

A multifaceted artist, Burger achieved international fame as lead singer and guitarist for The Monks, a prototype punk band that gained prominence in the mid 1960s and opened for artists such as Jimi Hendrix, The Troggs and The Kinks.

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