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Bullied teen laid to rest in southeast Minnesota

Family and friends gathered Friday to remember 13-year-old Rachel Ehmke. Her parents claim name-calling at Kasson-Mantorville Middle School pushed the 7th grader to take her own life last weekend. Dodge County Sheriff officials are investigating whether intense harassment played a role in the young girl's death.
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Family and friends gathered Friday to remember 13-year-old Rachel Ehmke. Her parents claim name-calling at Kasson-Mantorville Middle School pushed the 7th grader to take her own life last weekend. Dodge County Sheriff officials are investigating whether intense harassment played a role in the young girl's death.

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