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Bemidji Community Food Shelf coordinator Jack Judkins inspects the installation of their new split cooler Thursday. The Food Shelf has a couple locker plants to store frozen meat, including donations from deer hunters this weekend. The cooler installation should be complete by the middle of next week. Monte Draper | Bemidji Pioneer

Food shelves looking for venison donations as hunting opener approaches

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BEMIDJI – As the 2012 deer hunting season gears up, area food banks are encouraging hunters to participate in the state’s Hunter Harvested Venison Donation Program. But as the prices of meat go up and the deer harvest goes down, it’s getting harder for food shelves to get quality meat.

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Jack Hittinger
Jack Hittinger is a sports reporter for the Bemidji Pioneer, focusing on Bemidji State but also covering area high schools. He hails from the Great State of Michigan. Read his Bemidji State blog at http://thebeaverblog.areavoices.com/ and follow him on Twitter at @Jackhitts.
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