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The changing face of Pelican Rapids

While immigration has been a hot topic of debate recently, the town of Pelican Rapids in northern Minnesota has been on the front line of immigration reform for years. Minnesota Public Radio's All Things Considered broadcasts live from Pelican Rapids to explore how the town has been affected by an influx of immigrants.

  • A tour of Pelican Rapids
    Drive through Pelican Rapids and it may well look like many other small Minnesota towns. But take a walk through the streets and you'll find some remarkable things about the past present and future of this place.May 30, 2006
  • Mayor touts Pelican Rapids
    Pelican Rapids Mayor Wayne Runningen is a native of Pelican Rapids, and was elected for a third term in 2004. He says there's a lot to like about living in his city.May 30, 2006
  • The language challenge
    As many as a dozen languages are spoken in Pelican Rapids. That can make basic communication a challenge.May 30, 2006
  • Pelican Rapids schools at center of integration efforts
    Consider this statistic: Nearly one-half of Pelican Rapids second-graders come from homes where English is not spoken. That number, along with other measures of diversity in Pelican Rapids schools, forced the district to participate in a state integration program for schools.May 30, 2006
  • Pelican Rapids confronts housing shortage
    Pelican Rapids is attracting retirees and summer residents with lakeside cabins, as well as new immigrants looking for work. As a result, good housing is in short supply.May 30, 2006
  • Farmer tends to a new customer base
    Pelican Rapids is still basically a farming community. But a decade-and-a-half of immigration has changed the town a lot. That's not just clear on Main Street, If you drive a few miles out of town, life is even different on the farm.May 30, 2006
  • What's to like about living in Pelican Rapids?
    Pelican Rapids is a community that has faced, and embraced, change over the past 20 years as immigrants from many countries have moved to the area. We hear from a few residents about what they think of their community.May 31, 2006
  • Birdwatching with an expert
    Visitors are drawn to the natural beauty of the Pelican Rapids area, with its lakes and forests, and nearby Maplewood State Park. This time of year, the park also attracts flocks of bird-watchers.May 30, 2006

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