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Tom Kusler, center, principal at Lincoln Elementary School in Bemidji, will retire this summer after working 30 years for the Bemidji School District. He is surrounded by students from Lincoln Elementary. Pioneer Photo/Monte Draper

'He lets you fly': 'Principal Tom' says goodbye, prepares for retirement

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Tom Kusler hears the words, "Principal Tom" almost every day from students, parents and teachers who greet him at Lincoln Elementary School.


For Kusler, working at Lincoln has been the capstone for his 30-year career in education. This June, however, Kusler will say goodbye to students, books and desks for a new life of retirement.

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