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Phillips' first foreign exchange student returns for 55th class reunion

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Last week, 55 years after Kjell Stundal walked the halls of Phillips High School as the district's first foreign exchange student, he returned to the little Northwoods town for the reunion of the 1964 graduating class.


Today, Stundal lives in Bø, Norway, where he remains actively involved in music and local government.

In 1963, Stundal was one of about 100 Norwegian kids who were approved to travel to the United States for a cultural and educational exchange. While Stundal knew he was heading for a new country and a world of new experiences, he had no choice in his final destination and was selected to be the pilot foreign exchange student for a program newly begun in the Phillips School District.

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