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MAGGI STIVERS | BEMIDJI PIONEER (Left to right) Katie Meulebroeck, assistant manager of The Old Schoolhouse; Lois Dale, owner of The Old Schoolhouse and Diane Halverson, owner and instructor at Diane’s Dance Studio.

Family fun at The Old Schoolhouse: Three generations fill building with dance, arts

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BEMIDJI — In the early 1970s, Lois Dale and Diane Halverson, mother and daughter, were searching the Bemidji area for building that could be used as dance studio.


Halverson was teaching dance classes in her mother’s basement. “We needed real simple things like high ceilings, a bathroom and a safe place for children — there was nothing,” Halverson said.

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