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Bemidji accussed of racist hiring practices in new arena construction

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BEMIDJI -- The city of Bemedji didn't follow affirmative action laws in hiring workers for the Bemidji Regional Event Center, according to accusations in a civil lawsuit filed a week ago in Beltrami County District Court.

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Also named in the lawsuit are the state Department of Employment and Economic Development, which administers the state bonding grant for BREC construction, and Kraus-Anderson Construction Co., BREC construction manager.

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