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Detroit Lakes teenager Taylor Van de Streek proudly displays “Life Savers,” the poem she wrote honoring the veterans in her life and entered in U.S. Senator Al Franken’s annual poetry contest ­— where she took third place among all entries in grades 10-12. The poem was reprinted in the “Congressional Record,” and a framed copy is now displayed in the senator’s offices. DL NEWSPAPERS/Vicki Gerdes

Poetry contest winner pays tribute to MN veterans

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Though she’s been writing poems, prose, stories and essays of every description since she first learned how to put pen to paper, Taylor Van de Streek was extremely surprised when she learned her poem, “Life Savers,” was an award winner.

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“I had no idea until you guys (i.e., this newspaper) contacted me,” she said. “I didn’t even think it was close to winning anything — it was pretty amazing to find out.”

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Vicki Gerdes
Staff writer at Detroit Lakes Newspapers for the past 14 years, currently editor of the entertainment and community pages as well as obituaries. Living in DL with my cat, Smokey.
(218) 844-1454
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