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A Bemidji man on Lake of the Woods in the early morning reeled in a 19.54 pound fish. That's about a quarter pound heavier than the previous state record, set on the same lake in 2001.
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A Bemidji man on Lake of the Woods in the early morning reeled in a 19.54 pound fish. That's about a quarter pound heavier than the previous state record, set on the same lake in 2001.

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