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Monte Draper | Bemidji Pioneer Mike Tangen, a retired teacher and longtime musician, and a former member of the “Mike & Maggie” duo, along with Maggie Carlson (above), now devotes his time to promoting and producing live music in the Bemidji area. Up next is the bluegrass band Monroe Crossing, who will play the Chief Theater on March 15.

It’s music for Mike: Longtime Bemidji resident, teacher, performer, now brings his talents to promoting, producing shows

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BEMIDJI — Mike Tangen, just a guy from Grand Forks, N.D., who has made it “big time” in Bemidji, sort of like “Cheers,” a place where everybody knows his name.

And it’s not only because he is a retired Northern School teacher of the famed “Mike and Maggie” duo who paved the way for entertaining and teaching children at the same time.

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