Alida Rampaart

From: The Hague, The Netherlands  Current City: Willmar, MN
"After all these years, I sometimes don’t feel like I’m a whole person because I’m part American but I’m still part Dutch."
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Alida Rampaart joined her husband when he immigrated, feeling there was “something more” beyond the Netherlands. She left her relatives behind and started her own family in a new country.

Ms. Rampaart was born in the Hague, Netherlands in 1949. She grew up in a large family with two brothers and six sisters. Alida attended high school in the Netherlands where she met the man who would become her husband. He had an aunt in the U.S. and wanted to immigrate there; Alida agreed. They were married in June 1973 and moved six months later.

On December 14, 1973, Ms. Rampaart arrived in Chicago. Her transition was eased thanks to her knowledge of English, and she blended in with the mostly-Scandinavian population of Minnesota. However, there were challenges as well. Ms. Rampart had to adjust to the vast cultural differences—like mannerisms and etiquette—and she missed her family dearly.

Since then, Alida has started a family of her own. She has two sons, both of whom have served in the United States Armed Forces. Ms. Rampaart works at the Affiliated Community Medical Centers. She tries her best to show compassion, understanding, and patience towards new immigrants to help facilitate their transition. Alida lives in Willmar, Minnesota with her husband.

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