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Joe Dunn blesses the Hale and Head families with a rose ceremony as they prepared to sprinkle their parents' ashes in Lake Bemidji Wednesday morning. The family owns the oldest cabin on Lake Bemidji, built on a Lavinia lot by an ancestor in 1906. From left are Sue Hale, Hannah Hale and Kathi Head. Not shown is Kathi's brother, Lefty Head. Pioneer Photo/Molly Miron

Family consigns parents' ashes to favorite site

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For Margaret and George Hale and Barbara and Charles Head, their rustic family cabin in Lavinia on the east side of Lake Bemidji was heaven on earth.


The couples have died, but their children spent Wednesday morning sprinkling their ashes on areas of the lake that were dear to them.

"It's a way they can always be here," said Sue Hale.

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