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Red Lake tribal member Alvin Clark, left, sometimes comes to People's Church in Bemidji for meals, and he used to take shelter at the church when he was homeless. Tom Robertson | MPR News 91.3 FM

Rural counties struggle with poverty

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By Tom Robertson, ,MPR News 91.3 FM

BEMIDJI – When Alvin Clark needs a meal, he sometimes comes to the basement of the People’s Church, where poor people in Beltrami County know they can find help.

Clark, 55, is a member of the Red Lake Band of Ojibwe. Injured in a construction accident nearly 20 years ago, he lives on a Social Security disability check.

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