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Spaces between us: Racial disparities persist in ND, Minnesota

GRAND FORKS—Cold and dark as it might get here, the upper Midwest has enjoyed some time in the sun with relatively strong economic fortunes and population growth.

But even in good times, racial disparities continue to undercut both Minnesota and North Dakota. The first remains one of the more divided states in the nation in terms of race, with many nonwhite residents facing worse conditions than their white peers. And North Dakota, buoyed as it was by an oil boom at a time when the national economy faltered, still isn't exempt from the racial gulfs witnessed across the rest of the country.


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