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Smokey the Bear gives Carson Erickson, 5, a hug while Mason Erickson, 7, approaches. Malachi Petersen | Bemidji Pioneer

Smokey the Bear: An icon turns 70

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BEMIDJI-- The beloved fire prevention icon Smokey the Bear turned 70 on Saturday.

Community members of all ages attended a birthday party hosted by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources at the Bemidji Air Tanker Base.

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