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Former Bemidji police chief Preece dies

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BEMIDJI -- One of Bemidji's past police chiefs has died.

J. Bruce Preece served as Director of Public Safety and Bemidji Police Chief from 2001 to 2006. When Preece vacated his post, the Director of Public Safety position was dissolved.

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Preece was most recently residing in Flagler Beach, near Daytona Beach on Florida's Atlantic coast. He was 61 years old. A celebration of life and burial is planned for the spring in Bemidji.

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Crystal Dey
Crystal Dey covers crime, courts and Beltrami county government for The Bemidji Pioneer. Originally from Minnesota’s Iron Range, Dey has worked for the Echo Press in Alexandria, Minnesota, The Forum in Fargo, North Dakota, The Tampa Tribune in Tampa, Florida, the Hartford Courant in Hartford and West Hartford News in West Hartford, Connecticut. Dey studied Mass Communications at Minnesota State University Moorhead with an emphasis in Online Journalism. Follow Crystal Dey on Twitter @Crystal_Dey.
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