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Bemidji Kmart closing doors after 35 years

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BEMIDJI - After 35 years in business, the Kmart store here will close its doors.

The retail giant said Wednesday that it won't renew the lease for the store, 1201 Paul Bunyan Drive N.W., attached to the Paul Bunyan Mall.

Store manager Tim Hayen said he was informed of the closing Tuesday and has talked with store employees to let them know.

The store, which opened in 1977, employs 50-60 employees, most of whom are part-time.

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