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A special panel of judges appointed by a Minnesota's Supreme Court chief justice held a public hearing on redistricting in Bemidji Tuesday evening at the Beltrami County Administrative Building. Though a serious issue for many who spoke at the hearing, Judges John R. Rodenberg, left, Edward L. Lynch and Wilhelmina M. Wright found humor in Mike Simpkins' opening remark. Pioneer Photo/Monte Draper

Northern Minnesota residents speak up on redistricting at hearing

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Keeping American Indian tribes at the forefront of the decision-making process was a plea heard frequently by five judges Monday evening.

A public hearing was held in Bemidji in which a panel heard the opinions of 14 northern Minnesota residents about how new congressional and legislative district lines should be redrawn.

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