Speaker Laetitia Mizero Hellerud shared encouragement and personal reflections during a naturalization ceremony at the Sanctuary Events Center in downtown Fargo on Wednesday, Aug. 28. Mizero Hellerud came to the U.S. as a refugee from Burundi and is a U.S. citizen. “What I’m still learning is our heart needs more time to process,” she said. Ann Arbor Miller / The Forum
Speaker Laetitia Mizero Hellerud shared encouragement and personal reflections during a naturalization ceremony at the Sanctuary Events Center in downtown Fargo on Wednesday, Aug. 28. Mizero Hellerud came to the U.S. as a refugee from Burundi and is a U.S. citizen. “What I’m still learning is our heart needs more time to process,” she said. Ann Arbor Miller / The Forum


Mwimule Mulengwa Kaleha poses for a portrait after becoming a U.S. citizen at a naturalization ceremony at the Sanctuary Events Center in downtown Fargo on Wednesday, Aug. 28. The 29-year-old Bismarck man, who was born in Congo-Kinshasa, came to the U.S. in 2010 for more opportunity. “I will not forget this day,” he said. Ann Arbor Miller / The Forum
Mwimule Mulengwa Kaleha poses for a portrait after becoming a U.S. citizen at a naturalization ceremony at the Sanctuary Events Center in downtown Fargo on Wednesday, Aug. 28. The 29-year-old Bismarck man, who was born in Congo-Kinshasa, came to the U.S. in 2010 for more opportunity. “I will not forget this day,” he said. Ann Arbor Miller / The Forum


The Oath of Citizenship took center stage among the 147 individuals from 45 countries who participated in a naturalization ceremony at the Sanctuary Events Center in downtown Fargo on Wednesday, Aug. 28. Ann Arbor Miller / The Forum
The Oath of Citizenship took center stage among the 147 individuals from 45 countries who participated in a naturalization ceremony at the Sanctuary Events Center in downtown Fargo on Wednesday, Aug. 28. Ann Arbor Miller / The Forum


Melissa Troncoso, 33, and her husband, José, 38, of Fargo will celebrate four years of marriage in September. On Wednesday, Aug. 28, the couple happily posed for portraits to mark Melissa’s United States citizenship. “It’s been a long process,” she said. “I’m happy to get it checked off my list.” Melissa Troncoso was born in Guatemala and met her husband in Los Angeles. Ann Arbor Miller / The Forum
Melissa Troncoso, 33, and her husband, José, 38, of Fargo will celebrate four years of marriage in September. On Wednesday, Aug. 28, the couple happily posed for portraits to mark Melissa’s United States citizenship. “It’s been a long process,” she said. “I’m happy to get it checked off my list.” Melissa Troncoso was born in Guatemala and met her husband in Los Angeles. Ann Arbor Miller / The Forum


WDAY logo
listen live
watch live
Charles Inman and 3-year-old daughter Rayna focus on the Oath of Citizenship during a naturalization ceremony at the Sanctuary Events Center in downtown Fargo on Wednesday, Aug. 28. Inman’s wife, Shera, who is from the Philippines, became a U.S. citizen during the ceremony. “She’s been looking forward to this for awhile,” he said. The family lives in Minot, N.D. Ann Arbor Miller / The Forum
Charles Inman and 3-year-old daughter Rayna focus on the Oath of Citizenship during a naturalization ceremony at the Sanctuary Events Center in downtown Fargo on Wednesday, Aug. 28. Inman’s wife, Shera, who is from the Philippines, became a U.S. citizen during the ceremony. “She’s been looking forward to this for awhile,” he said. The family lives in Minot, N.D. Ann Arbor Miller / The Forum


New U.S. citizens take the Oath of Citizenship during a naturalization ceremony at the Sanctuary Events Center in downtown Fargo on Wednesday, Aug. 28. The ceremony, which was open to the public, was presided over by U.S. Magistrate Judge Alice Senechal. “I wish there were time to hear each of your stories,” Senechal told the crowd during her introductory remarks. A total of 147 individuals from 45 countries took part in the ceremony. Ann Arbor Miller / The Forum
New U.S. citizens take the Oath of Citizenship during a naturalization ceremony at the Sanctuary Events Center in downtown Fargo on Wednesday, Aug. 28. The ceremony, which was open to the public, was presided over by U.S. Magistrate Judge Alice Senechal. “I wish there were time to hear each of your stories,” Senechal told the crowd during her introductory remarks. A total of 147 individuals from 45 countries took part in the ceremony. Ann Arbor Miller / The Forum