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MONTE DRAPER | BEMIDJI PIONEER From left, Blackduck sixth-graders John Coller and Trevor Janssen, wearing the garments worn by voyageurs during the fur trade, examine a photograph of what the real voyageurs looked like hundreds of years ago. The two were among dozens of students who took part in an interactive presentation with Daryl Jorgenson, a Minnesota History Player who enacted the life of George Nelson, a fur-trade worker who lived from 1786 to 1859.

Teaching the trade: Students learn about the fur trade up close

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BEMIDJI -- Samantha Christensen was the most fashionable sixth-grader in Blackduck on Tuesday.

Sporting a traditional beaver-fur top hat, Samantha modeled for her classmates the reason the beaver fur was the most sought of all the furs from 1600 to the mid-1800s.

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