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MONTE DRAPER | BEMIDJI PIONEER Kayla Heltunen, a Minnesota Reading Corps volunteer assigned to Paul Bunyan Elementary, sharpens pencils in advance of school starting today.

'We're ready': Paul Bunyan Elementary among schools welcoming students today

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BEMIDJI -- A young boy, returning to Paul Bunyan Elementary this fall after attending K-1 there last year, stepped back into his school and beamed at the staff.


"I'm back!" he declared.

Excitement is in the air.

Today marks the first day of school for the Bemidji School District.

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