Huron has a population of about 13,000. But it contains the diversity you might expect in a larger city. Almost 40 percent of students in the school system were in an English Language Acquisition program at some point. Many are Karen refugees from Burma and Thailand.
Huron Mayor Paul Aylward says the city went through some tough times. Packing plants shut down, the town lost its university, and the population was declining. Eventually a turkey processing plant opened. To fill the jobs, leaders started recruiting Karen refugees who were living in the Twin Cities.