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Julie and Garrett Bitzer of Bagley proudly wear the jerseys of their favorite Minnesota team before the hockey game Friday night between the Bemidji State University Beavers and University of Minnesota Golden Gophers. Monte Draper | Bemidji Pioneer

Split allegiances: Beavers, Gophers fans turn out for big series

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BEMIDJI – A stone’s throw from the Sanford Center, John and Keegan Schroeder sat patiently waiting for their table at the packed-to-the-gills Green Mill.


Well, somewhat patiently.

Keegan, 4, sporting maroon-and-gold from head-to-toe, bounced anxiously in his dad’s lap, shouting “Go Gophers!” at passers-by, punctuating each cheer with an emphatic fist pump.

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Jack Hittinger
Jack Hittinger is the sports editor of the Bemidji Pioneer. He is also the Bemidji State beat writer. He hails from the Great State of Michigan. Read his Bemidji State blog at and follow him on Twitter at @Jackhitts.
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