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Area residents gather for Freedom Fest

Claudia and Paul Todd of Nevis, holding their dog, Gabrielle, and 5-year-old Hailie Fleet and her mother, Ann, of Blackduck were among hundreds of protesters who lined Bemidji Avenue Tuesday evening as part of Freedom Fest: Bemidji Tea Party III. The protest, sponsored by the Beltrami County Republicans and Bemidji State University College Republicans, also featured a rally with several speakers. Pioneer Photo/Monte Draper