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Virgil Heathman relaxes on his porch overlooking Fox Lake. Pioneer Photo/Molly Miron

Former Bemidji mayor to be honored on his 95th birthday

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For the last 35 years, Virgil Heathman has made his twice-yearly commute from Bemidji to Harlingen, Texas.

"I leave here around the first of October and come back the first of May," Heathman said. "I have a car at both ends. I retired early."

But before he retired in 1964, Heathman accomplished several careers, as well as military service during World War II and work as a member of the Bemidji City Council for more than seven years and as Bemidji's mayor from 1957-1958.

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