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Fourth-grader Steven Tribula races to the edge of the sideline Tuesday, trying to get past Derrick Young, at the Boys and Girls Club field as part of the Bemidji Youth Football program's first week of games. Brian Matthews | Bemidji Pioneer

Football for life: League teaches kids skills, life lessons

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BEMIDJI – The yard lines are freshly painted, the footballs are aired up and the jerseys have been handed out. All of this can mean only one thing: the start of Bemidji Youth Football games on the Boys and Girls Club fields.

The 240 third- through fifth-graders that took the field for their first games this week are only the second group able to play youth football in Bemidji, as BYF began just one year ago.

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