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On the very first play from scrimmage, the Bemidji Axeman scored with a long pass to Moe Patterson (12), kicking off the first-ever Axemen game in style Friday at the Sanford Center against the Cedar Rapids Titans. Monte Draper | Bemidji Pioneer

IFL: Axemen fall to Cedar Rapids 40-32 but win over fans in debut

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BEMIDJI — Loud music, Native American dancers, a primer urging fan participation, motorcycles leading the Paul Bunyan-clad cheerleaders onto the field and the Bemidji VFW color guard comprised the preliminaries to Friday’s inaugural game in the history of Bemidji’s Indoor Football League franchise.

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Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

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