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A memorial for Mercedes; students to donate in remembrance of 6-year-old who died

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BEMIDJI -- Elementary students in Bemidji will be breaking the rules and wearing hats in class Friday.

March 28 has been declared "Hat Day" in memory of Mercedes Mayfield.


Mayfield, 6, a student at both J.W. Smith and Horace May elementary schools, died of hypothermia in February.

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Crystal Dey
Crystal Dey covers crime, courts, tribal relations and social issues for The Bemidji Pioneer in Bemidji, Minnesota. Originally from Minnesota’s Iron Range, Dey has worked for the Echo Press in Alexandria, Minnesota, The Forum in Fargo, North Dakota, The Tampa Tribune in Tampa, Florida, the Hartford Courant in Hartford and West Hartford News in West Hartford, Connecticut. Dey studied Mass Communications at Minnesota State University Moorhead with an emphasis in Online Journalism. Follow Crystal Dey on Twitter @Crystal_Dey.
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