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Paul Shough, vice president of Bemidj Aviation, and Mark Shough, who purchased the company in 1970 with Larry Diffley, review the new CitationJet that Bemidji Aivation is now leasing to offer increased services to customers. Monte Draper | Bemidji Pioneer

Taking flight for the future: Bemidji company continues to grow; honors late founder with scholarships to students pursuing aviation careers

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BEMIDJI -- A jet gleams on the tarmac, representing the next step in business for Bemidji Aviation.

The company, founded in 1947, was purchased by Larry Diffley and Mark Shough in 1970 with three employees and three planes. Diffley and Shough brought with them their own Cessna 150, bringing the total fleet at the time to four.

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