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The Hat Hautees are, from left, Karen Valentine, Amanda Goplin and Kathryn Cyr. (Sarah Smith / Enterprise)

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You might say that three Bemidji elementary teachers have gone mad as hatters in their retirement.

Longtime friends and curling team members Amanda Goplin, Karen Valentine and Kathryn Cyr found retirement lacked creativity so they went back to the classroom.


Avid knitters, the three women went to Brainerd to take a class in the newest knitting craze - felting.

They'd seen felted mittens in the northland and hatched a simple plan.

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Sarah Smith
Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers courts, business and breaking news in addition to outdoors events.
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