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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.

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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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