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Moose Lake High School's first foreign exchange student returns for a visit


November 28, 2019

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Front row: Karen Sundby Gretsfeld, Marie Gockowski Arndt, Mary Gockowski Paden, Dorette Doren Christenson, Sharon Anderson Layon, Jean Marquette, Bill Marquette. Back row: Judy Renstrom Radel- Trigg, Lutz Sannig, June Mackey, Dean Paulson, Neil Nelson.

Lutz Sannig of Germany, Moose Lake High School's first foreign exchange student, recently returned to the area for a reunion with the Class of 1961.

In August of 1960, the American Field Service (AFS) sent Lutz Sannig from Germany to be a foreign exchange student. He had been interviewed by AFS for the opportunity and traveled to the United States with 700 other exchange students on a 10-day boat trip as air travel was too expensive at that time. The trip and year-long stay was paid for by Sannig's parents, the Moose Lake High School Class of 1960, who gave up their senior class trip to help finance his journey, the class of 1961, and his host family, the Stanford Dodges.

Stan and Leone Dodge and their two children-Jim, a 1961 classmate, and Kaye, Jim's younger sister-became Sannig's family here and they developed a close relationship that has lasted for decades. Years later, Jim and his wife visited Lutz in Germany as have a few of his Moose Lake classmates.

Lutz has returned to Moose Lake for a few class reunions. He was here for the 40th class reunion in 2001 which was held on a Saturday night. The following Monday, the 9/11 attack on the U.S. occurred and he could not leave the United States for a week.

Lutz has fond memories of his year in Moose Lake and of the high school he attended. On this trip he was able to meet for lunch with some of his former classmates and others. He also toured Moose Lake's new school where he met a few teachers and the current "Mr. Hartman," Billie Jo Steen.

He was delighted to learn that almost 100 foreign exchange students have attended Moose Lake High School in the past 57 years since his year here in 1961.


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