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Posted: Jun 5, 2014 1:50 PM

Updated: Jun 5, 2014 1:50 PM

HAILEY, Idaho (AP) Bowe Berdahl's hometown is accustomed to celebrity and the attention it brings.

Singer-songwriter Carole King owns a ranch nearby. Bruce Willis has been trying to sell his 20-acre Hailey estate for years. Ernest Hemingway shot himself to death in neighboring Ketchum, and his granddaughter, Mariel Hemingway, is a local.

But the release of the American soldier in a prisoner swap with the Taliban has drawn a less savory form of attention, surprising some community members who are more used to entertaining happy tourists than being part of a national debate.

Sue Martin is the owner of Zaney's Coffee Shop. She says the town is a place where locals care about each other despite personal differences.

The region is one of the few Democratic strongholds in vastly Republican Idaho.

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