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From refugee to beauty queen: Family fled war in native Laos

Published 02/13/2012, INFORUM

MINNEAPOLIS – One measure of the American Dream: After your parents dodge soldiers in the Laotian countryside, and your father builds a bamboo raft to escape across the Mekong River, and your family settles in a prosperous neighborhood in Savage, Minn., you are crowned Miss Minnesota USA, and the thing that makes you shake your head in wonder is butt glue.

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