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It's the similarities between the people of her home country, Uruguay, and the United States that caught the attention of Maria Gilda Battagliese during her visit here. She is pictured Wednesday at the statue of South American liberator Jose Artigas. It has been a part of Montevideo's downtown since 1949, a gift from Uruguayan children. Tribune photo by Tom Cherveny

Educator from Uruguay finds warmth in the plains of cold land, its folks

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MONTEVIDEO -- One day Maria Gilda Battagliese was basking in the summer warmth on the beaches of Montevideo, Uruguay, and on the next, she was in a jet airliner on her way to Montevideo, Minnesota.

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