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Duerst speaks on African experience

Marilyn Duerst will be presenting "A Mom's Experience with her Daughter in Southern Africa; Education in Namibia and Adventures Beyond Those Borders" at the New Richmond Heritage Center, Sunday, April 19, 6 p.m. Her presentation is part of the Center's Spring Program and will follow a complimentary dessert and beverage. There is no fee for the program and the public is welcomed.

In August of 2008, Duerst took a month-long trip to Namibia, Africa to visit her daughter Rebecca who is on a two-year contract as a teacher missionary at the Oshigambo High School. The two women then ventured off by themselves on a 2,200 mile trip in an old Toyota to see other parts of Africa.

Duerst will tell about education in Namibia and show visuals of the school grounds and students, African villages, wildlife, scenic wonders and more.

A resident of New Richmond for 10 years, Duerst is a member of the New Richmond School District Board and has been an educator for 40 years, currently at UW-River Falls. Rebecca is one of six Duerst daughters. Duerst has studied a dozen languages and has traveled in China, Central America and Europe as well as Africa.