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Every once in a while, there will be an obituary in The Bismarck Tribune of a beloved grandparent and great-grandparent. They may have worked as a carpenter, or been a homemaker, volunteered at their parish, gone to all of their kids' basketball games, and been known for their homemade kolaches or for dancing at every family reunion. Before that, though, it will mention that they were born in Germany, or Poland, or what is now the Czech Republic, and that they came to this country after WWII as refugees. North Dakota has had a long tradition of welcoming those fleeing oppression and war through the decades, with many local houses of worship working together to provide donated goods and support to help these families as they begin a new life here. I strongly believe that we should continue to welcome refugees to Burleigh County, and would encourage anyone looking to help New Americans to contact groups such as Bismarck Global Neighbors to learn more.
Anita Casey-Reed, Bismarck