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Meghan Weiss, from left, Ava Brogren, Shaleya Morales, Brooklyn Mueske and Alisae Ramirez take turns reading their lines in a short play in their third-grade classroom at Roosevelt Elementary School in Willmar. Tribune photo by Ron Adams

Willmar benefits and faces challenges with its minority students


Willmar Superintendent Jerry Kjergaard often visits elementary classrooms to read to the kids.

Part of the fun for him is looking at all the different faces, he said recently.

About 44 percent of the district’s students come from ethnic or racial minority groups. That’s 1,804 of the district’s 4,135 students. The most prevalent groups are Latinos and Somalis. The district has smaller numbers of students of Native American or Asian Pacific heritage.

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Linda Vanderwerf

I cover education issues for the West Central Tribune and have worked for the paper since 1995. I have worked in journalism since 1981.

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