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Locals gain U.S. citizenship

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"Freedom, freedom, freedom", repeats Sarah Xaiyarath, 7, of Northwood, answering for her mother, Martha Vieng Xaiyarath about why she became a U.S. citizen.

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U.S. District Court Judge James R. Knepp, II, speaking to the new citizens. A naturalization ceremony for 46 people presided by U.S. District Court Judge James R. Knepp, II, in Archbold, Ohio on July 4, 2014.

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U.S. District Court Judge James R. Knepp, II, talks with members of Boys Scouts of America Troop 63, of Archbold, about the rights and responsibilities the U.S. Constitution affords citizens.

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Martha Vieng Xaiyarath, left, a new citizen from Laos, left, and her husband Soulin Xaiyarath, both of Northwood.

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Johnny Taylor, of the League of Women Voters, gives new citizen Yan Namsrai, formerly of Mongolia, information on voting.

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U.S. District Court Judge James R. Knepp, II, welcomes Ruth Lesley Laue, a new citizen formerly of South Africa. At center is Debbie Sauder David, executive director of Sauder Village.

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