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Brainerd eighth-grader misses semifinals at national spelling bee

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Forestview Middle School eighth-grader Matthew Majerle failed Wednesday to qualify for the semifinal round at the 2012 Scripps National Spelling Bee held in Washington, D.C.

Matthew, 14, the son of John and Mary Ann Majerle of Brainerd, was sponsored by National Joint Powers Alliance, Staples. Matthew won his shot at nationals after winning the Brainerd School District sixth- through eighth-grade spelling bee and The Lakes Bee, the regional bee.

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