ELKHART, Ind. — Willi Hugo Perez was 10 years old when he lost his father. During Guatemala’s 36-year civil war, Marco Tulio Perez was accused of being a communist, tortured in front of his family and then killed by government soldiers in 1975. That turned Willi Hugo, a Catholic, into an angry youth with a shattered faith.
FREEMAN, S.D. — The clanging and clinking of plates, cutlery, pots and pans. The metallic hum of the sausage grinder. The sizzle of New Year’s cookies in the fryer. The wafting strains of music. The persistent babble of conversation. These are the sounds of Freeman Academy’s annual Schmeckfest. These are the sounds of money.