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John Persell and Teresa Northbird announce their engagement and upcoming marriage.

They will be married in a private ceremony Saturday, Oct. 17, in Bemidji. All family and friends are invited to the reception and dinner dance following the ceremony at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, at the American Legion in Cass Lake. No local invitations will be sent.

Teresa is employed by the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe Tribal Council, and John is a Minnesota state representative, DFL-Bemidji.

The couple will reside in Bemidji.