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Cyclists stop for Lunch in Bemidji

Forty-two cyclists riding the Mississippi River Scenic Highway Ride stopped to have lunch Wednesday in downtown Bemidji on the first day of the organized ride. The cyclists started at Itasca State Park and will conclude their ride at Fort Snelling. Shown above, from left, cyclist Dick Heglund of Golden Valley, MaryLou Schmitt of Shoreview, and Gary and Ann Holter of Medicine Lake are greeted by Pat Grimes dressed as a loon. Monte Draper | Bemidji Pioneer