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Some school districts opting out of spring break

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Brainerd MN 506 James St. / PO Box 974 56401

MONTICELLO, Minn. (AP) — Some Minnesota school districts are scrapping the traditional spring break in favor of some extended weekends.

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The Monticello School District is dropping the weeklong break in favor of a long weekend in April. To the north, Roseau (ROH'-zoh) is also opting for a weekend break to coincide with the annual high school hockey tournament in St. Paul. Families in Minneapolis are being asked to respond to a survey that asks if they want an abbreviated spring break in favor of a shorter school year.

Lee Hurd has a daughter who's a senior at Sartell High School. Hurd tells the Star Tribune (http://bit.ly/ySEv6k ) he's concerned about taking away the opportunity for charitable or mission work in foreign countries. Hurd is leading a group to the Dominican Republic this spring to set up basketball courts for underprivileged children.

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Information from: Star Tribune, http://www.startribune.com

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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