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Cheri "Frau" Thomas, shown here in a February 2011 photo, was a beloved New Life Academy German teacher who died last week. File photo

New Life Academy's 'Frau' loses cancer battle

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New Life Academy is in mourning.

One of its most beloved teachers, Cheri Thomas, died last week after a long bout with cancer.

"It has a pretty big impact," NLA secondary principal Lynn Atkinson said. "Cheri just really brought her uniqueness here. It is a pretty big hole. It is a loss.


"It's definitely changed around here a little bit."

Known by her students as "Frau" - the German word for "Mrs." - Thomas was the school's German teacher for 11 years.

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Mike Longaecker
Mike Longaecker is the regional public safety reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage area spans St. Croix and Pierce counties. Longaecker served from 2011-2015 as editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. A University of Wisconsin-River Falls graduate, Longaecker previously reported for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and for the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker
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