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Irene Folstrom of Bemidji cuddles with her puppy on the couch Friday morning. Folstrom sought assistance from Evergreen Youth & Family Services' Youth Shelter when she was 10. Folstrom says the experience there helped her stay on track in school when she was having family troubles. Pioneer Photo/ Anne Williams

'Safety net' -- Evergreen youth shelter struggles to keep programs, services available

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Enough was enough. Wearing a turtle neck to cover the scratches and bruises on her neck and face, Irene Folstrom, then a fifth-grader living in Cass Lake, filled a paper bag with clothing and headed off to school, planning never to come back home.

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