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Bob Hatlestad, Nette Gearman and Tom Fleming are set to retire from teaching after spending a combined 64 years at Jefferson High School in Alexandria. (Annie Harman/Echo Press)

Three teachers say goodbye to much more than a building

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With less than a month left of school, students and faculty are bidding farewell to the halls and classrooms of Jefferson High School (JHS). Three teachers, however, are walking away from more than school. With retirement on the horizon, Tom Fleming, Nette Gearman and Bob Hatlestad will be leaving the life they knew as teachers.


With a combined 64 years at JHS, the three teachers have experienced a lot of change throughout the years.

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Annie Harman
Annie Harman is a reporter for Echo Press and The Osakis Review. She grew up in Detroit Lakes and graduated from the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire with a degree in print journalism and history in May 2012. Follow her on Twitter at annieharman
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