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Sonja Smerud, a Finland native, will spend a year in Germany beginning this fall. She was named a Fulbright scholar earlier this year. Photo courtesy of Smerud.

Finland native awarded Fulbright

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When Sonja Smerud started studying German as a child, it seemed a random choice after her dad encouraged her to start attending Concordia Language Villages, summer language immersion camps in western Minnesota.


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LaReesa Sandretsky
LaReesa Sandretsky is a Two Harbors High School graduate and Duluth native that began working at the News-Chronicle in 2012 as a reporter. She took over as editor in 2014. She covers County Board, including the Lake County broadband project.
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