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Exchange student returns home after year in Ecuador

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Sarah Bygd has always known she would travel abroad. The surprise was how quickly it happened.

"This is something I've wanted to do since seventh or eighth grade," she said.

When Bygd's father found himself working at the apartment of Anne Schmiege, chair of the New Richmond Rotary Club's Youth Exchange Program, the pieces fell into place.

Bygd left for Quito, Ecuador on Aug. 16, 2008. She spent her entire junior year of high school at a school taught in Spanish.

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Jackie Grumish
Jackie Grumish has been a reporter with the New Richmond News since 2008. She holds degrees in journalism and fine art from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Ill. Before coming to New Richmond, Jackie worked as the city government reporter at a daily newspaper in Aberdeen, S.D. 
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