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Right at home

It all started in the third grade for Derek Berglund.

He was a straight-A student at Shiloh Christian School. His parents decided he needed to be more academically challenged. Their answer: Home schooling.

It was hard to adjust at first, Berglund said. He left behind friends he used to see on a daily basis. But eventually, he became accustomed to learning at home.

According to statistics, Berglund’s parents aren’t the only North Dakotans choosing that route: About 1,700 families in North Dakota are home-schooling their children this year. That number has been increasing by 10 percent to 15 percent each year for the past 15 years, said Gail Bibe, with the North Dakota Home School Association. Read more…

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