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Children have a new play area at Paul Bunyan Mall near center court. The indoor play land features a water theme and has seating for parents and grandparents who could also opt to utilize the mall’s new high-speed WiFi. (Monte Draper | Bemidji Pioneer)

Mall opens children's play zone

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BEMIDJI -- How does a shopping center compete in a growing online marketplace?

"You bring people here," said Alan Retkinski, president of Lexington Realty International, the firm that manages Bemidji's Paul Bunyan Mall. "People want to shop here, they want to spend the day someplace. .. They want the opportunity to do something and this is the very situation we can provide."


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