Litchfield Independent Review editor Andrew Broman reports in LHS grad triumphs in Minneapolis election:
The first Hispanic to win a seat on Minneapolis City Council earlier this month grew up in Litchfield and, during her time here, overcame many challenges associated with being an outsider.
Moving from Mexico at age 10, Alondra Espejel Cano didn’t know English when she entered fifth grade at Wagner Elementary School in 1991. . . .
Life also wasn’t easy for her parents, who worked long hours for various poultry producers, including Sparboe, Jennie-O Turkey and Gold’n Plump. “Like a lot of immigrant families that come to this country, my parents did the hard labor at a lot of places where many people don’t want to work,” she said. . . .
Read the whole thing at the Independent Review. The article concludes with an observation by Cano's high school American and world history teacher, Greg Mathews, who wasn't surprised that she won the seat:
He added, “If you’re talking about someone who’s living the American Dream, it’s Alondra.”
Photo: Minneapolis City Council member-elect Alondra Espejel Cano, who moved to Meeker County from Mexico at age 10, then attended the U of M after graduating from LHS.
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