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Olympic hero Mills to visit Bemidji, area

BEMIDJI -- U.S. Olympic gold medalist Billy Mills will be visiting Bemidjii and the area the Tuesday-Thursday.

Mills, who won the 10,000 meters in the 1964 Tokyo Olympic games, considered to be one of the greatest Olympic upsets of all time, will be holding various public appearances and also will be visiting area schools.

Tuesday, Mills will host the Billy Mills Honor 28:24 Run and Walk at BSU. The event starts at 4:30 p.m. at the Gillette Recreation and Fitness Center. The name of the event is for Mills' winning time in the 10,000 meters. He will also give a short talk after the race and then also take part in the BSU American Indian Graduate Banquet at BSU.

On Wednesday, Mills will visit Red Lake Middle School and High School after earlier traveling to Grand Rapids. On Thursday, Mills will hold the 28:24 Walk with Bemidji Middle School students, as well as hold two presentations at Bemidji High School.