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Lawsuit alleges racism in BREC hiring

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The city didn't follow affirmative action laws in hiring workers for the Bemidji Regional Event Center, alleges a civil lawsuit filed a week ago in Beltrami County District Court.

Also named in the lawsuit are the state Department of Employment and Economic Development, which administers the state bonding grant for BREC construction, and Kraus-Anderson Construction Co., BREC construction manager.

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