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Ten Bemidji residents aboard cruise ship disabled by fire in South China Sea

The cruise ship spent 24 hours adrift south of the Phillipines after it was damaged by a fire on board. One of the passengers is an arts reporter for the Bemidji Pioneer, who provided the newspaper with updates.
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The cruise ship spent 24 hours adrift south of the Phillipines after it was damaged by a fire on board. One of the passengers is an arts reporter for the Bemidji Pioneer, who provided the newspaper with updates.

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