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Woodbury residents' daughter makes it out of Bangkok

Hannah Lagoon, 19, of Woodbury, along with 18 other students and three teachers from Northwestern College, were stranded in Bangkok over the weekend after anti-government protesters laid siege on the two airports, causing them to shut down. Hannah's father, Steve, said that they have received confirmation that their daughter has left Thailand and is now in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia where they are waiting for a flight to Japan.

"We are just thrilled and excited," he said.

Lagoon said they will receive notification from Northwestern once the flight arrangements to Tokyo have been made.

Hannah was part of the first group of students and staff to leave Thailand from a Thai military naval base two hours south of Bangkok. The second group will leave on a later flight.

The group of students were set to depart for Japan on Friday when the protesters took over the airport, leaving thousands of passengers stranded.

During Hannah's delay in Bangkok, Lagoon said he and his wife Sherry were moderately concerned about their daughter but knew that the anti-government group was not targeting Americans.

"We were concerned about what could happen, not necessarily what did happen," he said.

The group traveled from Minnesota to France, to Israel, to Thailand to Japan and will then travel to Hawaii in order to teach English and build a Bible College.

Amber Kispert-Smith

Amber Kispert-Smith has been the schools and Afton reporter at the Woodbury Bulletin since 2008. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota. She previously worked as a reporter for Press Publications in White Bear Lake.

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