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Monday, March 8, 2010

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Dakota County library worker becomes U.S. citizen March 10

Emebet Haile, a Dakota County library assistant, is not likely to tell you to be quiet on March 10. On that day, at 2 p.m., she will become a U.S. citizen. She won the lottery—the Diversity Visa Lottery that is—and came to the United States from Ethiopia in February 2003. The naturalization ceremony will be held at 300 S. 4th St., Minneapolis.

Haile was a librarian for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs studying library science at the University Addis Ababa in Ethiopia. She dropped her classes after receiving the letter congratulating her as one of the Visa lottery winners.

She came to the United States for a better life. Her volunteer service for two years at the Hennepin County Library and St. Paul Library helped her get a job as a library assistant at Dakota County’s Wescott Library in Eagan. In Ethiopia, Haile often walked to the library, which was two or three miles away.

Haile married Asfaw Seyoum in Minnesota in May 2009 and they are now living in Eagan. Her parents still live in Ethiopia.

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