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Staff report, Published February 24 2009

Two Bemidji, Minn., residents on first-place teams at Olympic curling trials

BEMIDJI, Minn. - Two Bemidji curlers are in first place after three days at the U.S. Olympic Trials in Broomfield, Colo.

Natalie Nicholson of Bemidji is a member of the Debbie McCormick rink, which is 5-0 after posting two more victories on Monday.

On the men’s side, Bemidji’s Mark Haluptzok is in the thick of things as a member of the Tyler George rink of Duluth. George won two matches Monday and moved into a first-place tie at 4-1 after previousy unbeaten Todd Birr of Mankato lost in the late night draw.

The championship men’s and women’s teams will represent the United States in the 2010 Olympics at Vancouver.

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