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Paul Mork, 65, of Debs, shows his festive spirit Saturday by wearing a Santa hat while playing in the MerryTuba Christmas at the Paul Bunyan Mall in Bemidji. In the background, Eric Allen, 50, of Wilton decorated his instrument with colorful lights for the performance, which featured 18 musicians from across the region for the annual gathering, which takes place in more than 250 cities worldwide. STEVE WAGNER | BEMIDJI PIONEER

MerryTuba Christmas presents sounds of the season

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Steve Wagner
Grand Forks Herald Editor Steve Wagner can be reached at 701.780.1104 and He joined the Herald in April 2013, and previously worked as editor at the Bemidji (Minn.) Pioneer and in several newsroom roles -- including news director, investigative reporter and cops/court reporter - at The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead. His reporting experience includes extensive reporting related to Dru Sjodin's disappearance and the federal death penalty case for her murderer, Alfonso Rodriguez Jr., along with projects about immigration, the fatal 2002 train derailment in Minot, N.D., and the 20th anniversary of Gordon Kahl's massacre of U.S. marshals. Wagner also worked as a reporter at newspapers in the Twin Cities and Iowa. In his spare time, Wagner is an avid runner and occasionally writes about his experiences on his blog, Addicted to Running.
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