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Maggi Stivers | Bemidji Pioneer Derek Claypool is the Chaplain for the Bemidji Police Department, the Beltrami County Sheriff’s Department and the Bemidji Fire Department.

There in a time of need: Local chaplain helps law enforcement, emergency personnel and the community in good times and bad

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BEMIDJI — While sitting in a driver’s education class, watching a film reenactment of the aftermath of a car accident where a police officer and a pastor approach a house, a young Derek Claypool thought to himself: “That would be such an impossible job, how could anybody ever do anything like that?”


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