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October 04, 2010 09:47 PM

SF Woman Studying Abroad Amid Terror Alerts

Sioux Falls, SD

A handful of countries, including the U.S., are warning international travelers about a terror threat in Europe because officials say Osama bin Laden continues to plan attacks.

It may feel far away, but one KELOLAND family has a daughter studying abroad, and her mother boarded a plane Monday morning to visit her.

Security is heightened in much of Europe, and people have been asked to stay away from public transportation and tourist attractions. It's the same advice Jerry Priebe had Monday morning for his daughter, Megan, who's studying across the Atlantic in Austria.

"I said, 'Are you aware?' She said, 'Yes, Dad, I've already received four emails about that subject already,'" Priebe said.

In fact, his wife, Dana, left for Austria Monday morning on a visit she'd been planning for weeks. Priebe says he's concerned, but he worries about his family no matter where they are.

"Gives you a heightened level of awareness, but it wasn't anything where we decided to fly her back," Priebe said.

Ironically, the Priebe family has a little bit of experience when it comes to international terror alerts. They were in London back in 2005 when the underground system was attacked.

"We were flying over the city the time when that was going on," Priebe said.

Priebe says it's a risk you take when traveling abroad. He wants to be sure Megan understands the alert and uses common sense, but he doesn't want to see her lock herself indoors until the threat subsides.

"But still have fun because she's over there for a great reason,” Priebe said. “You hate to have her go the other way and never do anything because her experience wouldn't be as fulfilling."

Administrators at Megan's college, St. Benedict in Minnesota, have also sent emails to keep parents in the loop. She returns to the U.S. in December.

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