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Ryan Casper pointing to Afghanistan on the map. The Ellsworth High School teacher spent nine months there as part of a military mission.

An enlightening experience

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When Ryan Casper first set foot in Afghanistan, he couldn't help notice the way of life.

"With their lack of infrastructure, the standard of living was much worse than Iraq," he said. "It was like the Middle Ages."

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Casper spent nine months in the country from September 2008 through last June as part of a military mission, where he helped assist Afghan medical personnel with their military.

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Jason Schulte
Jason Schulte is a reporter for the New Richmond News since February 2015. Prior to that he spent eight years at the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth. His duties with the News will include covering news out of Hammond and Roberts along with action from St. Croix County court system. He lives in Roberts with his wife and two daughters. 
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