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Renan Santanna, is shown with members of his host family. From left are Ellen Patrick, Tina Patrick and Santanna. Other members of the Patrick family (not shown) include Tina’s husband Tom Patrick, and Ellen’s older siblings Dan and Lucie Patrick, both college students. (Submitted photo)

Exchange student gets taste of American tradition

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High School sophomore Renan Santanna, 15, is looking forward to eating his first Thanksgiving meal Thursday.

Santanna, who comes from Recife, Pernambuco, in Brazil will experience his first Thanksgiving with his host family, Thomas and Christine Patrick.


“Thanksgiving is really nice. We don’t have this in Brazil,” Santanna said. “I don’t know the history of Thanksgiving. I only know the party that people do on the day of Thanksgiving.”

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Gretta Stark
Gretta Stark has been a reporter for the River Falls Journal since July of 2013. She previously worked as a reporter for the New Richmond News from June 2012 to July 2013. She holds a BA in Print and Electronic Media from Wartburg College.
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