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Local study will examine Latino perspective

WORTHINGTON -- A new study by the University of Minnesota Extension will examine the customer service and public participation experiences of Hispanics.

And it's happening right here in Worthington.

"There's a growing need to find an understanding," said Extension intern Alena Rivera, who is helping organize the study. "We're looking for more (Latino) voices to be heard in schools and in the community. And (researchers) want to know why the number is disproportionate in civic engagement. Why people aren't involved."

Researchers are seeking two groups of adult Latinos to participate in two-hour focus group sessions in mid-July. One group will be those who have lived in Worthington for two years or fewer, the other will be made of residents of five years or more.

For more information, read tomorrow's Daily Globe.