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The Minnesota Vikings held training camps on the campus of Bemidji State University from its inaugural season in 1961 until 1965. This early 1960s Vikings promotional photo provided by Gale Falk of Bemidji shows running back and future Hall of Famer Hugh McElhenny. The image was taken at BSU.­ Submitted Photo.

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Gale Falk recalls standing behind the end zone watching an exhibition between the Minnesota Vikings and Dallas Cowboys nearly 50 years ago in Bemidji.

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"I watched Fran Tarkenton - Sir Francis - and can remember looking down the sideline seeing Tom Landry and his hat," said Falk, a former Bemidji High School teacher and swimming coach.

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