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Jeanne Howell, a certified nurse-midwife, worked for four weeks at a maternal and children’s health hospital in Saudi Arabia. She’s wearing an abaya and standing on the outskirts of the city of Buraydah, which, she says, looks like any other city. (Contributed)

Adventures in Saudi Arabia

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Like many people in the dawn of their retirement, Jeanne Howell of Alexandria still has more to share with the world.

She worked 21 years as a local certified nurse-midwife, but an opportunity this fall took her halfway around the world.


“I love to travel so I thought, ‘I’m going to check this out,’ ” Howell said.

Through the Minnesota International Medicine (MIM) organization, Howell was part of a four-week medical mission to Saudi Arabia.

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Amy Chaffins
Amy Chaffins is a journalist working for the Echo Press newspaper. After graduating from St. Cloud State University, Amy’s first job was at KSAX-TV working as an anchor and reporter. From 2003-2010, Amy worked as an editor and reporter for the Pope County Tribune and Starbuck Times newspapers. During her journalism career, Amy earned writing and photography awards from the Associated Press, Minnesota Newspaper Association and Society of Professional Journalists. Amy and her husband, Brandon, live in Alexandria and together write “He Sez, She Sez,” a humor column in the local women’s magazine, Chicz
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