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Kindergarten teacher Kevin Cochran reacts as Traci Vaughn, a fellow kindergarten teacher, snips off a portion of his beard, which was eventually shaved clean Friday morning as students met a challenge to raise $900 for the American Cancer Society. Bethany Wesley | Bemidji Pioneer

J.W. Smith fundraiser benefits Cancer Society

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BEMIDJI — With one teacher duct-taped to a chair, hundreds of schoolchildren whooped and cheered as kindergarten teacher Kevin Cochran had his long beard sheered Friday morning.

It had taken him between eight and nine months to grow it out, Cochran noted as he took his seat in the J.W. Smith Elementary School gymnasium.

But a deal’s a deal.

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