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Detroit Lakes Middle School sixth-graders go through the salad bar line during their first middle school lunch period Tuesday afternoon. (Brian Basham/DL Newspapers)

First-day enrollment higher than expected in Detroit Lakes

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First-day enrollment numbers for Detroit Lakes Public Schools shattered previous estimates.

At a special school board meeting Tuesday evening, the district announced that 2,737 students have enrolled thus far.

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Business Manager Ted Heisserer said that the district budgeted for 2,661 students for the 2009-10 school year.

"Generally we start out higher and get lower," he said.

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