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Submitted photo Walter Hartell and Marge Smith danced at the Twin Cities Open in July. There, Smith danced in 32 single dance events and received 23 first-place nods.

Sharing a passion for dance: Tenstrike man comes out of retirement for student

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BEMIDJI — Walter Hartell had been in a state of semi-retirement.

The Tenstrike resident has danced for almost all of his 62 years, but hadn't been teaching or coaching for about 10 years. He sold the chain of dance studios he franchised in order to care for his daughter after a traffic accident left her with a traumatic brain injury.


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John Hageman
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