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The Birchmont Beach Hotel at the north end of Lake Bemidji offered luxury accommodations. This photo was taken about 1940. Beltrami County Historical Society

Ruttger's started as Birchmont Beach Hotel

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Along the northwest shore of Lake Bemidji, one resort has been a destination for tourists and locals for nearly a century.

It started as Birchmont Beach Hotel and became Ruttger's Birchmont Lodge more than two decades later.


"The resort's been here since 1915," said Randy Ruttger, who owns the resort with his wife, Tina.

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