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Peter Vodenka, author of Journey For Freedom, told his family’s story of escaping communism to an attentive audience at the Hazel Mackin Community Library Thursday, Jan. 23. (Photo by Sarah Young

Author risked everything to become American

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Peter Vodenka, author of Journey For Freedom, captivated an audience of about 20 listeners at the Hazel Mackin Community Library in Roberts on Thursday, Jan. 23, with his riveting tale about escaping a life behind the Iron Curtain.


Vodenka, his wife and two children fled communist Czechoslovakia in June 1983. His book tells of their journey, struggles and finding freedom in the United States.

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Sarah Young
Sarah Young joined RiverTown Multimedia in October 2013 as a news reporter for the New Richmond News. She covers primarily Hammond, Roberts, Somerset and St. Croix County Circuit Court. Previously she free-lanced for the River Falls Journal, Hudson Star-Observer, RiverTown special publications and the Superior Catholic Herald. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Spanish and French in 2001. She completed a minor in journalism in 2004. Before working at the New Richmond News, she was an assistant manager at Philander's Grill & Bar in Prescott. She lives in Prescott with her 2-year-old daughter Carolina.  
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