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Doug Peterson, former longtime mayor of Bemidji.

Former longtime Bemidji mayor Doug Peterson dies

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


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.

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