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Former longtime Bemidji mayor Peterson dies

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BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Doug Peterson, former longtime mayor of Bemidji, died Tuesday morning at Sanford Bemidji Medical Center. He was 75.

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Peterson was mayor from 1975 through 2000, a period when the west side of Bemidji was developed from plain forest into a wide swath of retail stores and restaurants.

"He led Bemidji through many ups and downs, and his long tenure will be remembered as a positive era in Bemidji's growth," said current Mayor Rita Albrecht.

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