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Chris Kokalis, left, co-owner of Bemidji's new Indoor Football League team, presents Bemidji's Mayor Rita Albrecht with a T-shirt at the press conference Wednesday at the Sanford Center. MONTE DRAPER BEMIDJI PIONEER

IFL franchise officially introduced in Bemidji

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BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Bemidji's first professional sports franchise will have plenty of local flavor.

The city's yet-to-be-named Indoor Football League team was officially introduced to the community Wednesday at the Sanford Center. The team will begin play in February.


"I may be from out of town, but don't get it wrong, this is Bemidji's team," co-owner and president Chris Kokalis said. "We want to make sure the community is involved in all aspects."

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Jack Hittinger
Jack Hittinger is the sports editor of the Bemidji Pioneer. He is also the Bemidji State beat writer. He hails from the Great State of Michigan. Read his Bemidji State blog at and follow him on Twitter at @Jackhitts.
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