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Next-door neighbors Marion Dessert, left, and Katie Hoody formed a close friendship over the years, one that led to Katie’s upcoming appearance on the popular “Wheel of Fortune” game show. Monte Draper | Bemidji Pioneer

Wishing ‘Wheel’: Woman competes on ‘Wheel of Fortune’ as gift for longtime neighbor

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Bethany Wesley

BEMIDJI — As she prepared to appear on TV, Katie Hoody had to first buy a TV.


A Bemidji native now living in Texas, Katie didn’t have a television when she auditioned for “Wheel of Fortune,” but after qualifying as a contestant, she went out and purchased one: a little 7-incher.

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