Mina man gains new perspective of Israel, chosen for SDSU tour


January 25, 2023

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SDSU student Nick Grote poses in front of Temple Mount in Jerusalem during his Dec. 27-Jan. 7 tour of Israel with 69 other college students from throughout the United States. The trip was organized by the Jewish National Fund, which sought out students who were campus leaders.

Nick Grote became only the second South Dakota State University student selected to participate in an elite group that toured Israel during Christmas break.

Grote, a 2021 graduate of Aberdeen Central High School and a junior business economics major from Mina, was one of 70 U.S. college students chosen for the Jewish National Fund's Caravan for Democracy. The all-expense paid, 10-day (Dec. 27-Jan. 7) trip was a once-in-a-lifetime experience, Grote said.

Selection is highly competitive and is geared to non-Jewish college and university student leaders who have never been to the country. The...

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