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Senator's view: We all stand on the shoulders of immigrants

Published 06/23/2013, Duluth News Tribune

America has a remarkable heritage as a nation of immigrants. I am here because of Slovenian and Swiss immigrants. My grandpa on my dad’s side worked 1,500 feet underground in the iron ore mines of Ely. His family came to northern Minnesota in search of work, and the iron ore mines and forests of northern Minnesota seemed the closest thing to home in Slovenia. My grandpa never graduated from high school, but he saved money in a coffee can so my dad could go to college.

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