The changing population of K-12 education in some rural Minnesota communities is represented in an article by Mila Koumpilova titled "Worthington schools' growth defies rural trends, but its struggle to help minority students succeed does not".
The Pioneer Press article covers how the Worthington, MN school system has had an increase in students, which is the opposite of most rural school districts. The community has also had major shifts in student demographics, with the 45% of students being Hispanic in origin and a growing population of African and Asian immigrants.
Worthington is a town of about 12,800 people. It has an economy based on farming and manufacturing, which makes it a drawn for people seeking employment. Worthington is in Nobles county and Southern MN AHEC serves the community with resources to promote the primary care health professional workforce.