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Mindy Nielsen, center, receives the 2009 Education Minnesota Detroit Lakes Teacher of the Year Award from past recipients, Shan Manke, from left, Nora Anderson, Robin Turnwall and Dennis Kral.

'Most important part is kids'

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Late last month, about 150 people gathered to honor the 2009 Education Minnesota Teacher of the Year. Though she didn't know it until her name was announced, fifth grade Rossman Elementary teacher Mindy Nielsen took home the award.

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The three nominated teachers this year were Nielsen, Colleen Vollmers and Claudia Welte.

Nielsen took a few minutes out of her schedule to answer a few questions pertaining to her new title.

What is the nominating process?

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