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Finding a home away from home is what 11 foreign exchange students are trying to find in the Ellsworth School District this year. Godwin Kudzo Gakpe from Ghana said he had wanted to see what America was like from impressions left on him from the movies. "I used to watch American movies a lot and always wonder if what they show in their movies is what actually it is," Gakpe said. "Moreover [I] wanted to understand why others behave differently from how we behave and what definitely makes us different."
This year Ellsworth Community School District has expanded their student exchange program and is hosting more students than it normally does. Ellsworth High School Principal Mark Stoesz said most years Ellsworth has three to five foreign exchange students but this year is hosting 11 foreign exchange students; this is "the most we've ever had," he said. The benefit of having these students in the school, Stoesz said, benefits the Ellsworth students as much as the exchange students.
This holiday season shoppers in the area will find one more place to find that unique one-of-a-kind gift for that hard-to-buy-for person on their list. Red Brick Crafts near Ellsworth opened Nov. 9 and will be open until Dec. 10. Owner Heather Nelson said she finds and fixes, if necessary, a variety of items from painted jars, wooden signs and pillars, barn quilts and burlap twinkly lights. She also has Spring Valley Bakery items, hot beans and bloody mary enhancer mix for customers to purchase.