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Photos: First day of school in Rochester

Students at Rochester Public Schools and Rochester Catholic Schools had their first day of school Monday, Aug. 30, 2021.

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Mayo High School freshman are welcomed by school staff on their first day of high school Monday morning, Aug. 30, 2021, in Rochester. Joe Ahlquist / Post Bulletin
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Mayo High School freshman are welcomed by school staff and the drum line on their first day of high school Monday morning, Aug. 30, 2021, in Rochester. Joe Ahlquist / Post Bulletin

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Students arrive at Riverside Central Elementary School for the first day of school Monday morning, Aug. 30, 2021, in Rochester. Joe Ahlquist / Post Bulletin

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Annemarie Vega, center, the new president of Rochester Catholic Schools, broadcasts a Facebook Live video from a classroom at Co-Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist Middle School with Matt Langsdale, left, principal of the school and lead administrator with RCS, as Heidi Cafarella, right, director of marketing with RCS, films on their first day of school Monday, Aug. 30, 2021, in Rochester. Vega visited all five of the RCS campuses Monday. Joe Ahlquist / Post Bulletin

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Students arrive at Riverside Central Elementary School for the first day of school Monday morning, Aug. 30, 2021, in Rochester. Joe Ahlquist / Post Bulletin

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A Mayo High School freshman walks past the drum line as students are welcomed on their first day of high school Monday morning, Aug. 30, 2021, in Rochester. Joe Ahlquist / Post Bulletin

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Mayo High School freshman make their way into the school for their first day of high school Monday morning, Aug. 30, 2021, in Rochester. Joe Ahlquist / Post Bulletin

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Students arrive at Riverside Central Elementary School for the first day of school Monday morning, Aug. 30, 2021, in Rochester. Joe Ahlquist / Post Bulletin

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Students arrive at Riverside Central Elementary School for the first day of school Monday morning, Aug. 30, 2021, in Rochester. Joe Ahlquist / Post Bulletin

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Annemarie Vega, right, the new president of Rochester Catholic Schools, broadcasts a Facebook Live video from a classroom at Co-Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist Middle School with Matt Langsdale, left, principal of the school and lead administrator with RCS, on their first day of school Monday, Aug. 30, 2021, in Rochester. Vega visited all five of the RCS campuses Monday. Joe Ahlquist / Post Bulletin

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A sign welcomes students as they arrive at Riverside Central Elementary School for the first day of school Monday morning, Aug. 30, 2021, in Rochester. Joe Ahlquist / Post Bulletin

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Mayo High School freshman are welcomed by school staff and the drum line on their first day of high school Monday morning, Aug. 30, 2021, in Rochester. Joe Ahlquist / Post Bulletin

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Annemarie Vega, right, the new president of Rochester Catholic Schools, visits a classroom at Co-Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist Middle School with Matt Langsdale, principal of the school and lead administrator with RCS, on their first day of school Monday, Aug. 30, 2021, in Rochester. Vega visited all five of the RCS campuses Monday. Joe Ahlquist / Post Bulletin

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Annemarie Vega, right, the new president of Rochester Catholic Schools, broadcasts a Facebook Live video from a classroom at Co-Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist Middle School with Matt Langsdale, left, principal of the school and lead administrator with RCS, on their first day of school Monday, Aug. 30, 2021, in Rochester. Vega visited all five of the RCS campuses Monday. Joe Ahlquist / Post Bulletin

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Mayo High School freshman are welcomed by school staff on their first day of high school Monday morning, Aug. 30, 2021, in Rochester. Joe Ahlquist / Post Bulletin

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The Mayo High School drum line helps welcome freshman on their first day of high school Monday morning, Aug. 30, 2021, in Rochester. Joe Ahlquist / Post Bulletin

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Students arrive at Riverside Central Elementary School for the first day of school Monday morning, Aug. 30, 2021, in Rochester. Joe Ahlquist / Post Bulletin

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Mayo High School freshman are welcomed by school staff and the drum line on their first day of high school Monday morning, Aug. 30, 2021, in Rochester. Joe Ahlquist / Post Bulletin

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Annemarie Vega, right, the new president of Rochester Catholic Schools, broadcasts a Facebook Live video from a classroom at Co-Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist Middle School with Matt Langsdale, center, principal of the school and lead administrator with RCS, as Heidi Cafarella, left, director of marketing with RCS, films on their first day of school Monday, Aug. 30, 2021, in Rochester. Vega visited all five of the RCS campuses Monday. Joe Ahlquist / Post Bulletin

Joe Ahlquist is the photo editor at the Post Bulletin. Joe is a 2013 graduate of Winona State University and previously worked at the Winona (Minn.) Daily News and the Sioux Falls (S.D.) Argus Leader before arriving at the Post Bulletin in July of 2017. Readers can reach Joe at 507-285-7624 or jahlquist@postbulletin.com.
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