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Men charged after cross-burning incident in Bemidji

Two Bemidji men were arraigned Friday in Beltrami County District Court after an alleged cross-burning May 25 at a home in Northern Township. A defense attorney said the alleged incident an offensive "juvenile prank," but the prosecutor called it a "crime of hatred and intolerance."
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Two Bemidji men were arraigned Friday in Beltrami County District Court after an alleged cross-burning May 25 at a home in Northern Township. A defense attorney said the alleged incident an offensive "juvenile prank," but the prosecutor called it a "crime of hatred and intolerance."

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