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Josh Clausen, left, and Tanner Bartels perform in the Bemidji High School band. With a variety of school options available in the Bemidji area, each school has its own strengths. For the traditional Bemidji School District, the number of extracurricular activities is consistently considered a draw for potential students. Monte Draper | Bemidji Pioneer

Weighing options: Several factors can influence where children receiving schooling

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BEMIDJI – Elijah is a third-grader who thrives on the interaction with his fellow Lincoln Elementary classmates.

Meanwhile, two of his sisters are flourishing at Voyageurs Expeditionary High School.

And another older sister was home-schooled all the way through graduation.

“I appreciate it a lot, that our community has so many choices,” said their mother, Michelle Thooft.

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