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Sen. Franken seeks entrants to poetry contest for Minnesota students

Thu, Mar 13th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. — In recognition of the Month of the Military Child and National Poetry Month in April, U.S. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) announced that he is hosting his third annual poetry contest for Minnesota students. The theme of this year’s contest is “Celebrating the Veteran in My Life.”

“With the Iraq war over and America’s role in Afghanistan winding down, there are thousands of students all across Minnesota who truly understand the sacrifices veterans and their families have made for our country,” Sen. Franken said. “Some of them are children of current service members, while others know men and women who have served. This poetry contest will allow students to honor those veterans and to put into their own words what those sacrifices have meant to them.”

The contest is open to all children of military families in Minnesota grades K-12, with three age categories: Kindergarten to 6th grade; 7th to 9th grades; and 10th to 12th grades.

Winners will be chosen in each age category. Those selected will receive an invitation to attend a reception at Sen. Franken’s St. Paul office. Guests include Sen. Franken; Minnesota Commissioner of Veterans Affairs Larry Shellito; Minnesota Poet Laureate Joyce Sutphen; Minnesota National Guard Major General Rick Nash; and Minnesota Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius.

Top winning poems in each category will be framed and displayed in Sen. Franken’s offices in St. Paul or Washington, D.C. The overall winner in each age group will receive an autographed book by famed Minnesota author Garrison Keillor.

If you or someone you know wishes to participate in Sen. Franken’s poetry contest, please submit a poem by April 18, 2014 to or by mail to:

Office of Sen. Al Franken

c/o ‘Poetry Contest’

60 Plato Boulevard East, Suite 220

St. Paul, MN 55107

Participants may submit only one entry, with a maximum word count of 250 words. Each entry must include the name of the child, the parent/guardian’s name, a phone number, and the name of the child’s school. Please clearly indicate the participant’s age category.

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