BRAINERD — The Central Lakes College Student Senate hosted a talent show for students on Wednesday, March 29, in the Chalberg Theatre at the Brainerd campus. Ten students took the stage to sing, play the piano and display other unique talents to their peers. Top prizes went to: First place ($150): Nina Nguyen singing "Tough Lover" by Christina Aguilera. Second place ($100): Alyssa Neistadt and Mariia Kharytonova singing "He's Fine" by The Secret Sisters. Third place ($50): Rayanne Ahmed singing "What Makes You Beautiful" by One Direction.
I was raised on a farm in western Minnesota where I participated in 4-H, high school sports, and everything that farm kids do for fun after chores. Graduated from Ridgewater Community College with an AA degree and my first taste of newspapering. I worked a summer on the Ortonville Independent as a reporter and photographer.