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Out and About: Charter school graduation

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Nine young people recently wrapped up their high school career and are now beginning the next chapter of their lives.

Last Thursday, Lakes Area Charter School (LACS) in Osakis celebrated the graduates of the Class of 2013: Kelsey Bender, Brandon Foner, Holly Proell, Myria VanHavemaet, Destiny Dusosky, Robin Johnson, Adrianna Tomasetti, Lauren Wegener and Austin Kluver.

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A commencement ceremony was held at Alexandria Technical and Community College with teachers, family and friends filling the room, beaming with pride.

Just before diplomas were presented, student Destiny Dusosky told her classmates, "No matter what, don't give up. Stay strong."

Thursday's commencement was a bittersweet event for LACS students and staff. The charter school closed its doors January 16, citing declining enrollment.

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