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Horace May third-graders, from left, Ashley Hofstad, Taylor Wade and McKenzi Bowen watch as Werner Hebestriet helps make a flute out of a popple stick Monday morning. Hebestriet, from Germany, is in Bemidji to pick up his daughter, Lina, a 10th-grader at Bemidji High School who is enrolled in a foreign-exchange program in the district. Pioneer Photo/Monte Draper

German carver wows students at Northern Elementary

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Werner Hebestriet laid a split log on the floor Monday at Northern Elementary School and proceeded to tap all around a small segment of popple wood on top of it with a hammer, waiting until it cracked with a firm twist from his hands.


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