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Sanford Center marks 500,000 customer

Payton Lund of Roseau, Minn., is flanked by Sanford Center Executive Director Curtis Webb (left) and Dave Wall, director of events, on being named the 500,000 customer for the events center, which opened in 2010. (Submitted Photo)1 / 2
Payton Lund, the 500,000 customer at the Sanford Center, is shown with country singer Jake Owen on Saturday night. (Submitted photo)2 / 2

BEMIDJI -- At Saturday night's Jake Owen concert, the Sanford Center announced it has passed the 500,000 mark for attendees to events at the center, which opened in October 2010.

Payton Lund of Roseau, Minn., was named the 500,000 customer and had her picture taken with Jake Owen. She also received a commemorative ticket, a customized Sanford Center chair, two tickets to a future event, as well as concessions, as well as a $100 gift certificate from Tutto Bene.

"It was an ideal night with flashing lights, confetti cannons and excitement as we recognized the 500,000 customer," Curtis Webb, executive director of the Sanford Center, said in a press release.

Webb said that the Sanford Center's economic impact for Bemidji has been calculated to more than $54 million in the center's first three years.