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Kara Arzamendia, research director for the Children's Defense Fund-Minnesota, explains Thursday morning the results of the group's 2009 Minnesota Kids Count data book, which emphasizes successful building blocks for children. Pioneer Photo/Monte Draper

Beltrami County ranks third in state in children in poverty

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Nearly a quarter of the children in Beltrami County live in poverty -- twice the state rate.

Beltrami County's 24.1 percent of children who are poor ranks the county third in the state, behind Mahnomen County at 31.2 percent and Clearwater County at 24.4 percent, according to the Children's Defense Fund-Minnesota's Kids Count data base.

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