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In tiny Milan, Minn., a town full of Micronesians weighs the future


MILAN, Minn. - In this tiny western Minnesota town, Michael Elias can't picture a return to his tropical birthplace in the western Pacific.

Natives of Micronesia such as Elias have flocked to this "Little Norway" on the prairie since 2000. Now, more than half the population of about 400 is Micronesian, an occasionally rocky transformation that some residents say reinvigorated the town.

"The Micronesians now belong to Milan, and Milan belongs to them," said Mayor Ron Anderson.


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