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Hanne R. Utheim reflects on her time at the Erickson home. Tribune photo by Ron Adams

Foreign exchange student thankful for opportunity after spending time in West Central Minn.

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ATWATER -- More than 4,000 miles from her family, she found a home away from home.

Hanne R. Utheim, a 17-year-old exchange student from Norway, arrived Aug. 18 in the United States and quickly found a place in her host family's life.

Jon and Shelli Erickson never considered being host parents, but after their eldest daughter filled out an application, the entire family discussed the opportunity.

Bailey, 16, and Morgan, 14, immediately knew they wanted to do it.

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