Sitting on not-so-elegant highway 15 in the not-so-beautiful city of Fairmont, Minnesota, on first glance you may believe that the building is a prison.

Although it was originally a true high school (with grades 10-12), the shrinking school-age population and budget cuts have meant the inclusion of first grades 8 & 9 and most recently grades 6 & 7 into the building. There is a fairly big attempt to keep the wildly differing ages separated, but you still can't help but feeling a little uneasy by the fact that there are seniors planning tonight's keggar walking right next to 6th graders planning a sleepover.

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