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In this undated photo, Maria Moreno, left, helps Astrid Albeno adjust her graduation cap prior to the commencement ceremony for the Willmar High School Class of 2010. Latinos are graduating at a rate 60 percent higher than just 15 years ago. Tribune photo by Ron Adams

Willmar, Minn., Latino graduation rate shows steady improvement

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Luis Fuentes and Maria De La Cruz will be the first in their family to graduate from high school next spring, Ana Espinoza the first to head off to college.


When the three get their diplomas with the other members of the Willmar Senior High Class of 2012, they will also be part of a trend of increasing Latino graduation rates.

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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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