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Lori Paris, president of the Bemidji Area Chamber of Commerce, resolves to improve her knitting and crocheting skills in 2010. Pioneer Photo/Monte Draper

New Year's resolutions: 'I resolve...' Bemidjians make 2010 pledges

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New Year's resolutions are a tradition dating back about 4,000 years to the Babylonians, who marked the beginning of each year in March when spring begins.

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The Romans also celebrated a spring New Year on March 1. Julius Caesar changed New Year's Day to Jan. 1 to honor Janus, the two-faced god who looks backward into the old year and forward into the new.

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