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Flags and fun at Rotary district conference

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Students involved in the Rotary Club's youth exchange program helped kick off the opening session of the Rotary's District 5950 Conference at Arrowwood Resort in Alexandria Friday. The students carried in flags representing their countries and then treated the Rotarians to a rendition of the Minnesota Rouser, the fight song of the University of Minnesota. The exchange program involves 62 youth from 26 countries. The theme of the conference, which drew Rotarians from all around Minnesota, was "Building Communities, Bridging Continents." Larry Zilliox of Alexandria, the 2010-2011 district governor, also came up with a theme: "I Am a Rotarian - I Know I Can."