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John Lutz, the new owner of the Bemidji Ben Franklin store, stands in the fabric section of the store. Lutz has owned Ben Franklin in Park Rapids since 1996. (Pioneer Photo/Laurie Swenson)

Lutz purchases Bemidji Ben Franklin

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Bemidji's Ben Franklin has a new owner, one who is very familiar with the brand.

John Lutz, who also owns the Ben Franklin store in Park Rapids, bought his first Ben Franklin in 1976 in Carthage, N.Y., and went on to own Ben Franklin stores in Alexandria Bay, N.Y., and Rome, N.Y.

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He purchased the Park Rapids store in 1996. He also previously owned Ben Franklins in Wadena, Walker and Detroit Lakes.

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