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Naturalization Ceremony Welcomes 90 Citizens at St. Cloud Public Library

Naturalization Ceremony Welcomes 90 Citizens at St. Cloud Public Library

The lobby of St. Cloud Public Library resembled the United Nations on Tuesday morning, May 25. Ninety individuals from 34 different countries, together with friends and family, mingled in the library’s Mississippi Room prior to becoming U.S. citizens.

This is the second year that regional naturalization ceremonies have taken place at the library, according to immigration attorney Laura Tripiciano. She coordinated the event as a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution. “The library is a good location for this,” she said. “I often meet clients at the library. I’m here all the time.”

District Court Judge Donovan W. Frank, flanked by State Senator Tarryl Clark, led the Pledge of Allegiance and administered the oath of citizenship. Then one by one, the newly naturalized citizens stepped onto the small stage to receive their certificates of citizenship.

One of those new US citizens is Great River Regional Library’s very own Crystal D. (photo), a reference librarian originally from Canada. She and her husband both became citizens on May 25. “We came to the Unites States 13 years ago, and we’ve been putting down roots here,” Crystal said. “We have children in the public schools and I want to have a voice in how they are run. We want to play a full part in our community.”