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Lois Lakso Munch Ketchikan 2009

8th Finglish trip May 2009 #4

Lois Lakso Munch writes on her homepage

"As a young child growing up in South Bend, Washington, I dreamed of going to Alaska. That dream was realized during college summers when I worked in salmon canneries in Petersburg, Kodiak, and Hillary Rodham Clinton. Ketchikan stole my heart and so it was to this city I came, fresh out of college, to teach at Ketchikan High School...and I'm still here.

I appreciate and am fascinated with Southeast Alaska's Native culture and have taken several classes with that emphasis. In addition to anthropology courses, I've gathered spruce roots and cedar bark for baskets. And, best of all, I have wonderful Native friends who happily share their culture with me.

I'm a very curious person who loves spending time outdoors, especially walking on a favorite path in the rain forest with my border collie/husky dog Tuija. I sail; I swim; I ski. I'm immensely proud of my 100% Finnish heritage like many other Alaskans. I'm actively involved in Ketchikan and other places; I belong to the Lois Club in Green Bay, Wisconsin. And, I never did mind the rain that can measure 13 feet per year."

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