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WalkAmerica draws 450

About 450 people, from kids in strollers to teenagers to retirees, showed up to support the March of Dimes WalkAmerica "Saving Babies, Together" event.

About 450 people, from kids in strollers to teenagers to retirees, showed up to support the March of Dimes WalkAmerica "Saving Babies, Together" event.

The Saturday morning walk began at Bemidji State University's Gillett Recreation Center and included an Ambassadors' Lap and a Sponsors' Lap, followed by a walk from the center to Paul and Babe on the waterfront. Most participants walked from 3-5 miles.

Local businesses donated to a silent auction, goody bags, food, refreshments and door prizes.

The mission of the March of Dimes' event is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.

Becky Lindell is the event's chairperson. Committee members include Tracy Baily, Ginger Hegna, Heidi Lindseth, Linda Lindseth, Rita Olson, Liz Savage and Jerry Winans.

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