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Inger Kroeplin has retired after 35 years of coaching with the Bemidji Figure Skating Club. Kroeplin, who came to Bemidji in 1973 from Helsinki, Finland, is a three-time Finnish skating champion. Monte Draper | Bemidji Pioneer

Passion for skating: Bemidji coach Inger Kroeplin reflects on 35 years

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Staring down at the ice rink from the second floor of the Neilson-Reise arena, Inger Kroeplin could not believe so many years had come and gone.


"The years I spent here... I mean, I practically lived here," she said.

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