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Park Rapids Area High School foreign exchange student Armando Padillo took up hockey this year. (Vance Carlson / Enterprise)

Mexican student embraces life in north woods

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"This is the coldest I've ever been," Rotary foreign exchange student Armando Padillo, 18, said of the 100-degree temperature variance from home in Mexico to this week's frigid temperatures.


But he was grinning, not grimacing.

Arriving from Leon, a city of 1.7 million in the state of Guanajuato, Armando has embraced what life in northern Minnesota has to offer - including hockey and football, serving as a kicker for the Panther team.

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