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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.

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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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