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      Twelve new citizens naturalized in Marquette

      The United States has 12 new citizens following a naturalization ceremony Friday afternoon in Marquette. The new citizens were sworn in by Judge R. Allan Edgar.

      They came from a variety of countries including Ghana, Russia and China.

      Several guest speakers addressed the court after the oath of citizenship was given. Those who spoke said the timing of this ceremony couldn't be better.

      "It kind of reinvigorates you and makes you realize how important this country is in the live of people so, especially this weekend when we're honoring the individuals who serve in our armed forces and provide us with the protection and protect our democracy," said Mick Dedvukaj, District Director of Department of Homeland Security. "We would not be able to have the country we have without those individuals."

      State Representative John Kivela joined representatives from Senator Tom Capserson's, Carl Levin's and Debbie Stabenow's office. They all passed along their congratulations to the new citizens.