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While in Accra, Ghana for exercise Western Accord 2013, 1st Lt. Matt Nielson and "JJ" Fankhanel, 141st Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, North Dakota National Guard, befriended Noble Kofi Nazzah, a local teacher who was a senior prom chaperone at the hotel where the Soldiers were staying. Fankhanel works with special needs students at Pelican Rapids High School in Pelican Rapids, Minn., and Nielson teaches chemistry at Valley City High School in Valley City. Nielson spoke for several hours with Noble, a two-year chemistry teacher at Roman Ridge Private School, and was eventually asked if he would like to visit the school and possibly teach a small lesson.
More in Tuesday's issue of the Times-Record.