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Essay takes top honors at state

Kayla Goetz is $1,500 closer to college tuition, thanks to her writing skills.

Goetz earned not only the local Detroit lakes Municipal Electric scholarship, but also the state level Minnesota Municipal Utilities Association scholarship.

"My parents knew and kept it from me. I was really surprised," she said when she was told she had won at the state level too.

Her essay, entitled "Municipal Utilities: Good for All of Us," touched on the main points of the public utility's responsibility to the community, providing reliable service for over 100 years, providing lower rates than privately owned utilities companies, contributions to the city like to the Detroit Lakes Community and Cultural Center, and the use of energy wisely.

The local scholarship, which is open to children of public utilities employees and customers, is in its 11th year. This is the second time a student from Detroit Lakes has won at the state level.

There were six entrants at the local level, where Goetz received a $500 scholarship.

From there, the essay went to the state level, where MMUA Associate Director Steve Downer said, "The Kayla Goetz essay was a clear winner this year."

She received a $1,000 scholarship at the state level.

Although she's not certain of her major, Goetz plans to attend Concordia College in Moorhead this fall as a part of the Credo Honors Program.