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FNS Photo by Kathleen J. Bryan From left, first-graders Ty Womelsdorf, 6, Avery LaDue, 6, and William Heen, 6, listen to teacher Erica Turnquist read a story Thursday on the first day of school at Alexander Public School.

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ALEXANDER — Leslie Bieber was fielding questions from parents and students Thursday morning, as the new year kicked off at Alexander Public School in western North Dakota’s Oil Patch.


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