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Seventh-grade math teacher Kent Rangen retired at the end of the 2013-14 school year after 37 years in the district. Rangen emphasized hard work and consistency with the more than 5,000 students he instructed in his classroom. Photo by Chelsey Perkins

Longest tenured teacher in Pequot Lakes retires

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Kent Rangen estimates he's taught more than 5,000 students in his 37 years as a Pequot Lakes Middle School math teacher.

Rangen, who retired at the end of this school year as the longest tenured teacher in the district,

said that in that time, technology has changed education tremendously in many ways. In his own days as a student, he recalled calculating his answers using a slide rule, a mechanical analog "computer" that looks like a ruler with a plastic sliding cursor.

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