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Minnesota’s Last One-room Schoolhouse Relies on its Teacher

ANGLE INLET, Minn. – Linda LaMie reached out of the boat, grabbing the dock and knotting a rope. Wind whipped cold rain against her camouflage coat, its hood tied tight beneath her chin. She trudged up a hill and fished through her pockets, heavy with the tools she needs for this daily commute: a flashlight, ice picks, a passport.

Then she unlocked the door to the one-room schoolhouse — Minnesota’s last. By the time students arrived, just before 8 a.m., LaMie, 56, had shed the camouflage to reveal curled hair, a bright scarf, a bit of lipstick.