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Students put international twist on Wisconsin tradition

WAUSAU (WAOW) - A Wisconsin tradition has taken on an international twist.

Some foreign exchange students at Northcentral Technical College in Wausau are spicing up the menu at a popular Friday night fish fry. Fish tacos are the newest dinner variation at St. Anne's in Wausau.

Three years ago, a student from Mexico mixed up a popular taco topping. She added homemade pico de gallo to a Wisconsin fried fish. Now, current foreign exchange students from NTC are keeping her recipe going each Friday night of Lent. 

"It's a lot of fun. I'm working with all these guys from different countries. People from Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, Honduras, the United States," said Erick Lopez, a student from El Salvador.

"We eat fish every Friday but at home, we don't get together in a church or something like that to eat," said Mariela Valdez, a student from the Dominican Republic. "I can see here everybody comes and gets together and eats and that's really nice."

These NTC students are volunteering at St. Anne's for community service.

"They just add a whole lot of fun and they're great to get to know," said Vernell Theisen, the fish fry organizer. 

For some of these students, it's a taste of home.

"It's really hard sometimes to eat food that tastes the same as food in your country but those are one of the things that taste just very similar," said Lopez.

People visiting Friday's fish fry enjoyed the tacos, too.

"I just like it. It's my favorite," said Janice Bacon of Wausau.

"You get the fried fish in there which I always did love so just having it in a taco is even better," said Ben Schreiner of Wausau.

Organizers say the classic fried fish remains the most popular. But they still sell about 100 of these fish tacos each week.

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