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Chinese natives and business partners Dan “Tanya” Xu (left) and Vicky Cao, co-owners of Osaka Hibachi & Steak House and Cloud 9 Bistro in Duluth, talk about their businesses and adopted community in Cloud 9 on Wednesday, July 16, 2014. According to a recent study, the population of the Duluth-Superior, Wis., region would have declined from 2000 to 2010 if it hadn’t been for an influx of foreign-born residents. DULUTH NEWS TRIBUNE/Steve Kuchera

Duluth among Midwestern cities with population growth fueled by immigrants

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DULUTH -- A growing number of foreign-born people are calling northeastern Minnesota and northern Wisconsin home these days. And were it not for an influx of immigrants, the Duluth-Superior, Wis., area would have seen its population erode from the years 2000 to 2010.

The region’s story of immigration driving population growth is far from unique, according to a recently released study by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs.

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