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Montana woman visits State Capitol on her first day as a U.S. citizen

Johanna Magalsky
Posted at 5:41 PM, Jan 13, 2023
and last updated 2023-01-13 20:39:07-05

HELENA — On Thursday at the Paul G. Hatfield Federal Courthouse in Helena, 24 new U.S. citizens from 15 countries were officially naturalized.

After the ceremony, Johanna Magalsky visited the Montana State Capitol, where she was welcomed by state Reps. Bob Phalen of Lindsay and Jerry Schillinger of Circle – both of whom are family friends of her husband, Tom.

Schillinger even gave her an introduction during the House floor session, where she drew a round of applause.

“I’m just very honored to be a citizen of the United States,” Magalsky said. “It’s touching to me how everyone is so excited about it.”

Magalsky came to Montana from Switzerland and now lives in Terry with her husband. She’s an artist who makes mixed-media pieces, and one of her most recent was a three-dimensional painting of the U.S. flag.

Magalsky Pin

On Thursday, Magalsky wore a pin that read “Proud to Be an American,” and a sticker that said “I registered to vote today.” It was her first time at the Capitol, and she said it meant a lot to see her representatives at work.

“I just really feel home here now and adopted the United States and Montana as my new home, so I just wanted to be a citizen,” she said.


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