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Conifer Estates tenants Nate Weir and Elizabeth Thrall stand in their kitchen Friday and tell how the facility helped them defeat homelessness. Crystal Dey | Bemidji Pioneer

Rising up from homelessness: Bemidji collaborative project helps 32 families

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BEMIDJI — The life of a phoenix is renewed from a pile of ash. The same could be said for Nate Weir after his rental home was robbed and burned down Memorial Day weekend. Weir now lives, befitingly, on Phoenix Loop in Bemidji with his girlfriend Elizabeth Thrall in Conifer Estates.


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Crystal Dey
Crystal Dey covers crime, courts, tribal relations and social issues for The Bemidji Pioneer in Bemidji, Minnesota. Originally from Minnesota’s Iron Range, Dey has worked for the Echo Press in Alexandria, Minnesota, The Forum in Fargo, North Dakota, The Tampa Tribune in Tampa, Florida, the Hartford Courant in Hartford and West Hartford News in West Hartford, Connecticut. Dey studied Mass Communications at Minnesota State University Moorhead with an emphasis in Online Journalism. Follow Crystal Dey on Twitter @Crystal_Dey.
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