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Oak Grove grad Laura Barnhart was presented with a blanket made of her old T-shirts and photos of her and her family at her graduation party in 2006. (Special to The Forum)

Local families rethinking high school graduation celebrations

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FARGO - During Laura Barnhart's and Hannah Erickson's junior year at Fargo's Oak Grove High School, their mothers started talking about merging their graduation parties.

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Going to a smaller school meant the whole school community often turned up for receptions, causing frenzied May schedules. A tandem party could lessen the stress and be fun, too, their mothers, Sue and Pam, reasoned.

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