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Allen Hubert, 12, left, Chase Robertson, 11, and Raymond Robertson, 12, get ready to take off with pilot Raymond Majkrzak during the Young Eagles Rally at the Bemidji Regional Airport. The rally drew 112 children, more than any previous year. Pioneer Photo/Laurie Swenson

Youth get introduction to flight

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The airspace around the Bemidji Regional Airport was busy Saturday as more than 100 youth went on free flights during the Young Eagles Rally.

The event, sponsored by the local Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 1397, drew 112 participants, more than ever before, said Capt.

Steve McGuirk, a member of both the EAA and the Civil Air Patrol Northland Composite Squadron.

"We have never had this many," McGuirk said. "It was a team effort."

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