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Bill Smith, owner of First City Taxi/Safe Ride, left, and Karl Jacobson, owner of Slim's Bar & Grill and member of the Beltrami Area Beverage Association, display a Safe Ride van. People who call for rides after 10 p.m. can pay $5 for transportation within Bemidji city limits and $8 for rides up to five miles out. Safe Ride also serves Turtle River and Wilton. Pioneer Photo/Molly Miron

Safe Ride: Hospitality industry sponsors rides home from bars

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One sub-zero winter night, Bill Smith recalled, he was waiting in his limousine outside a downtown bar when four young women came out. The women weren't dressed for the cold, and they needed a ride back to Bemidji State University.

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