Minnesota's growing Latino population has been around long enough to put down roots, grow businesses and go through school, sometimes for generations.
But have white people and Latinos as communities made the connections that let them do more than live side by side in many towns around the state?
That's a question Ground Level decided to explore as University of Minnesota Extension researchers launched a project to identify just how integrated leadership in some Minnesota towns has become. The picture we found is mixed, but a number of Minnesotans have forged ways to make valuable connections across ethnic lines.
University of Minnesota Extension research is delving into how leadership shifts in towns with substantial Latino populations.
We asked members of MPR News' Public Insight Network to tell us about places Latinos and whites make connections. Here's what we heard, from the YMCA to church to the bakery.
The 17 largest outstate Latino communities
St. James resident Irma Marquez this month became one of the earliest Latinos in the nation to received deferred status allowing her legally to stay in the United States for two years and to find work. Read her story here ▶
Kerry and Juan Cuate opened a Mexican bakery, Panaderia Mi Tierra, in downtown Worthington, Minn. The bakery now caters to the larger community, bringing the diverse population together.
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These 17 cities fall into one or both of two Top 10 lists in outstate Minnesota: greatest Latino population in 2010 and greatest Latino population in 2010 as a percentage of total population.
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