Welcome, new citizens


During a July 6 naturalization ceremony in Shoreview, 28 people — representing 18 countries of origin — took an oath of citizenship, becoming citizens of the United States. Jesse Poole

Love Patel of Medina, left, and Patient Kokou Anani of Shoreview shake hands following the July 6 naturalization ceremony in Shoreview. Though Patel and Kokou Anani — from India and Togo — don’t know each other, they congratulated each other on becoming United States citizens. Jesse Poole

During a July 6 naturalization ceremony in Shoreview, 28 people — representing 18 countries of origin — took an oath of citizenship, becoming citizens of the United States. 

Presiding over the afternoon ceremony, which took place at the new Shoreview Library, Judge Donald D. Alsop welcomed the group, calling their new citizenship “an accomplishment to be proud of.”

This was the first time a Ramsey County Library hosted such a ceremony.

In addition to dozens of family members and friends of those who became citizens, the library’s Community Program Room was packed with familiar faces, including Ramsey County Sheriff Jack Bostrom, House District 42A Rep. Randy Jessup, Shoreview Mayor Sandy Martin and other city leaders. 

Some of the countries represented during the ceremony included Cameroon, China, Ethiopia, France, India, Kenya, Laos, Moldova, Russia, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Tunisia, the United Kingdom and Vietnam. 

 

Jesse Poole


 

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