SHELBY SHARES: Coach guides small town through big changes

St. James, Minn. — The flat farmland of Watonwan County stretches to the horizon. It is fertile earth. Things grow here. Lives and futures take root and flourish. St. James, the county seat, has a remarkable story to tell about how one man has tended and nurtured two generations of his community’s young men. I want to tell you about Coach Gene Hildebrandt.

You should know, first, this is not a sports story. Twenty years ago, there was only one Latino family in this town of about 5,000 people. Today, 30% of the population and 50% of the students in the district are Latino. That’s a challenge. Coach Hildebrandt never blinked. Continue reading at bringmethenews.com

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