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Mauri Friestleben of Lucy Laney is new principal of North Mpls H.S.

During her time, Principal Friestleben helped set Lucy Laney Elementary on a trajectory to escape the state's failing schools list.

MINNEAPOLIS — Beloved Lucy Laney Elementary School principal Mauri Friestleben has announced she has taken a job as principal of North Minneapolis High School.

During her time as principal of Lucy Laney Elementary, Friestleben helped reverse the school's negative trend of student suspensions, and set the school toward a trajectory to get off Minnesota's failing schools list. 

RELATED: How Lucy Laney school in Mpls reduced suspensions

'Love Them First,' a documentary by KARE 11's Ben Garvin and Lindsey Seavert, gives us a window into a world that many do not see - a world that Friestleben and other North Minneapolis community members dealt with on a regular basis.

RELATED: Love Them First: Ben and Lindsey on Lucy Laney documentary

The documentary is honest about the struggles facing the community and the school, but finds its heart in the strength of its children, and the many people working to make a difference. 

You can catch a broadcast of the inspirational 90-minute documentary Thursday, Sept. 12 at 8 p.m. - only on KARE 11. 

You can learn more about this documentary on the film's website

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