Petersburg Pilot -

Whale Watching and LeConte Glacier Tours based out of Petersburg Alaska

By Ben Muir 

Exchange student will miss Petersburg


Photo courtesy of Dave Berg

Finnish Rotary Exchange student Topi Karikorpi with Nancy Murrison, a Rotary youth exchange officer.

Over a year ago, Topi Karikorpi made a list of four countries he would perhaps like to spend a year in.

Foreign exchange program officials decided the rest for him --- Country: United States; State: Alaska; City: Petersburg.

Karikorpi came to Petersburg in August 2016 as part of the Rotary Club's foreign exchange program. He is from a town in south Finland populated with 1,100 people, so he was relieved to find out Petersburg was going to be his temporary home.

"I hoped to go to a small place," Karikorpi said. "Many exchange students go to big cities, but I am glad to have been in Petersb...

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