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The hallways at Pelican Rapids High School bustle with diversity between classes on a typical school day. (David Samson / The Forum)

Selling diversity: Pelican Rapids schools seek to dispel rumors, cast cultures in positive light

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At her graduation speech last spring, Pelican Rapids salutatorian Kristine Neu told a story that spurred knowing laughs.

At an agricultural education convention the year before, students from a neighboring district had asked about surviving this quiet town of 2,400 and her school, which hosts teens from a dozen countries. "Is it true that if you walk down certain streets in Pelican Rapids, you will get shot?" someone asked.

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