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Leech Lake Tribal Council Rep. Eugene "Ribs" Whitebird hands over the mic to former Sen. Mary Olson of Bemidji after presenting her with a Pendleton blanket during Monday night's Beltrami DFL appreciation dinner for her and former Rep. Brita Sailer of Park Rapids. Pioneer Photo/Brad Swenson

DFL Party, defeated lawmakers, start long road back in region

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That more than 200 people attended an appreciation dinner for two defeated incumbents "is a sign that the DFL Party is ready to come back in 2012," Sen. Mary Olson said Monday night.


The Beltrami County DFL-sponsored walleye and wild rice Presidents Day fish fry at the Bemidji Eagles Club honored Olson, DFL-Bemidji, and Rep. Brita Sailer, DFL-Park Rapids, both defeated in last fall's election.

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