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Nathan Thorn, a 1997 Woodbury High School graduate, in September became the youngest American to ever receive a seventh-degree black belt in American karate. Bulletin photo by Mike Longaecker

Woodbury native becomes youngest American to wear high-level black belt

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Nathan Thorn needed to be occupied as a youngster.

Diagnosed with attention deficit disorder as a child living in Woodbury, he discovered he had trouble focusing. He would drift off while playing the outfield in baseball. He was constantly switching up positions in football to stay engaged.


Then his aunt found a coupon for a karate class - a discovery that changed his life.

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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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