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A local man who says he is unemployed and homeless accepts the generousity from a passerby on Wednesday morning along Hannah Avenue.(Monte Draper | Bemidji Pioneer)

Getting a handle on panhandlers: City sees increase of people soliciting money at busy streets, intersections, downtown

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BEMIDJI -- An influx of panhandlers, sometimes with cardboard signs pleading for help, are becoming more frequent at busy streets and intersections in Bemidji.

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Police Chief Mike Mastin said the department tends to receive more calls about panhandlers during the Fourth of July week because of their increased visibility with extra visitors to town.

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