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COMEBACK FALLS SHORT: Bemidji rallies but can't dethrone defending Class AA champ Edina in state tournament

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Roger Swanson

Sanford Center executive director ousted; Company cites violations of conduct code, professional standards

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BEMIDJI - For the second time in less than a year, the Sanford Center is looking for an executive director to manage the city-owned building.

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VenuWorks, contracted to manage and operate the event center for Bemidji, fired Roger Swanson on Wednesday.

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Steve Wagner
Grand Forks Herald Editor Steve Wagner can be reached at 701.780.1104 and swagner@gfherald.com. 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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