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Nice Ride Bemidji officially opens

Mike Guyette, the president and CEO of Blue Cross and Blue Shield MN, helps Bemidji Mayor Rita Albrecht cut a ceremonial ribbon Sunday for the grand opening of Nice Ride. (Malachi Petersen | Bemidji Pioneer)1 / 4
Left to Right: Tony Desnick, the director of Greater Minnesota Strategies for Nice Ride, poses for a picture Sunday with Bemidji Mayor Rita Albrecht, Blue Cross and Blue Shield president and CEO Mike Guyette, and Executive director of Nice Ride Bill Dossett at the grand opening ceremony for Nice Ride Bemidji. (Malachi Petersen | Bemidji Pioneer)2 / 4
Participants in the welcome ride applaud after a speech by a Nice Ride representative Sunday at the opening ceremony for Nice Ride Bemidji near downtown Bemidji. (Malachi Petersen | Bemidji Pioneer)3 / 4
Nice Ride Bemidji will have 200 specially designed bicycles available to rent at four different locations in the Bemidji area. Bemidji is only the third city in Minnesota to offer a Nice Ride program. 4 / 4

Local civic leaders, including from the city and Bemidji State University, along with representatives from Nice Ride Minnesota and Blue Cross Blue Shield, held the grand opening Sunday for Nice Ride Bemidji, a bike-sharing program that is the first of its kind for a smaller city in outstate Minnesota.