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Bemidji native Ara Lester is living in Myanmar, one of the most isolated countries on the planet. He is teaching social studies at an international school.

Making a home in Myanmar: Bemidji native Ara Lester talks about life in one of the world’s most isolated countries

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By brandon Ferdig, Special to the Pioneer

MINNEAPOLIS – Ara Lester came to Bemidji when he was 12 – and he was already well-traveled.


The son of an Air Force pilot had lived in Maine, Oklahoma, Alabama, and England. His family did settle for a while in Bemidji, however, where Lester went to high school, attended Bemidji State University, and earned a degree in history.

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