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Tillie O’Rear turns 104-years-old today. She is the second Bemidji resident to hit that mark this year. O’Rear lived on her own up until one month ago before moving to an assisted living facility. Monte Draper | Bemidji Pioneer

Tillie takes life in stride: Bemidji resident turns 104 today

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BEMIDJI — Tillie O’Rear vividly recalls when she and her family first moved to the region.

It was 1917 and Tillie was 8 years old.


Her family of nine, led by her parents, Anton and Sophie Kolkin, had moved to Frohn Township from southeastern Minnesota to grow the family farm.

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