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Surrounded by family and friends, Katie Hoody (center) watches herself on TV as she wins big on “Wheel of Fortune” Thursday night. Pictured (from left on the couch) are Margaret Welle, Katie and her dear friend Marion Dessert, who celebrated right along with her. Katie, who purposely wore the same shirt to her viewing party as she did for the game show taping, sought her appearance on the show as a gift to Marion, a loyal “Wheel” fan. Monte Draper | Bemidji Pioneer

A ‘Wheel’ big win: Bemidji native claims more than $50,000 in prizes on game show

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BEMIDJI — It’s a bit ironic that Katie Hoody won the bonus round on “Wheel of Fortune” by solving the puzzle with the answer “gutsy choice.”

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Because her letter selections were anything but. Every decision the Bemidji native made en route to her $56,299 winning appearance on the show was founded in reason and research.

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