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The snow conditions on the Bemidji cross country ski trails was adequate to poor. On Wednesday, John Arenz found out hitting some grass equals an immediate stop as he leaves Montebello Trail. Pioneer Photo/Monte Draper

Parks paying off: Bemidji tops $9.8 million in collections for parks, trails

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Ten years ago, many of Bemidji's parks were unsightly, and in some cases, unsafe. The area lacked the trail system that now makes the city a recreational haven.


All that changed - a half penny at a time.

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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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