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Easter egg hunt planned at Lum Park

■ Walker students competes in state speech tournament

Three Walker-Hackensack-Akeley (WHA) students will compete Saturday in the Class A division in the State Speech Tournament held at Blaine High School. The Class AA competition will be conducted on Friday.

The Class A field features four returning gold medalists from 2013. Three are competing in the same category and one is seeking gold in a new category. Sarah Anderson of WHA is the only 2013 gold medalist putting her skills to the test in a new category. She won in Informative Speaking in 2013 and will compete in Original Oratory this year.

Matthew Koring and John Murphy, WHA students who were medalists in last year’s tournament, will return. Koring will compete in Humorous Interpretation and Murphy will compete in Storytelling.

The tournament features the top three qualifiers from each of eight Class A sections in 13 different speech categories. The 2014 tournament qualifiers represent 157 high school teams: 96 Class A teams and 61 Class AA teams.

The categories are: Serious Interpretation of Prose; Serious Interpretation of Drama; Serious Interpretation of Poetry; Humorous Interpretation; Storytelling; Extemporaneous Reading; Creative Expression; Original Oratory; Great Speeches; Discussion; Extemporaneous Speaking; Informative Speaking; and Duo Interpretation.

■ Dog kennels needed

With the start date for “Operation Renovation” fast approaching, HART is in need of dog kennels to set up in the temporary shelter. The kind that are needed are outdoor kennels that can be set up inside a building. They need to be at least 4-foot by 7-foot and in good condition. This means no chain-link fencing that has holes in it or has been pulled out of shape. This is for the dogs’ safety. Panels may also work. We do not need dog carriers, crates or houses.

HART would need them for about four months. These can be donated or loaned to HART. For those who have something to donate, call the shelter at 829-4141. No drop-offs as HART is going to use them at a different location. HART needs the fencing about April 20.

■ Easter egg hunt

planned at Lum Park

The Brainerd Parks and Recreation Department will host a free Easter egg hunt from 10-11 a.m., April 19, at Lum Park for children ages 2-7. Remember to bring a basket or bag to collect eggs.

This event will take place snow, rain or shine, so dress your child for weather conditions.

Brainerd Rotary, Granite City Jobbing and Brainerd Parks and Recreation Department are co-sponsors.

For more information, call Brainerd Parks and Recreation at 828-2320.

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
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