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A bittersweet farewell

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Though the excitement in the air on the last day of school is almost palpable, as both teachers and students anticipate the long summer break ahead, that excitement was tinged with sadness for Rachel Pederson.

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A teacher at Detroit Lakes Public Schools since 1971 -- with all 35 of those years spent teaching at Rossman Elementary -- Pederson said goodbye to her 35th and final class of first graders on Thursday.

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Vicki Gerdes
Staff writer at Detroit Lakes Newspapers for the past 14 years, currently editor of the entertainment and community pages as well as obituaries. Living in DL with my cat, Smokey.
(218) 844-1454
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