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Jason Dahlen (center) and Devin Erdahl, juniors at Duluth East High School and ROTC enrollees, answer questions from Max Dembrowski, 14, who attended the school's open house Monday. The Duluth school district's ROTC program is in danger of shutting down.(Bob King/Duluth News Tribune)

Duluth School District might cut ROTC funding

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DULUTH - A Duluth program that propelled one student to a spot as guard for President Bush and another to a full scholarship at the U.S. Naval Academy is in danger of closing.

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The Duluth School District is considering eliminating its Naval Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps, a citizenship program at the Secondary Technical Center, to help erase its $4.5 million budget deficit. NJROTC, which has lost students over the years, costs about $170,000 a year to run.

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