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Library system announces poetry winners

Dakota County Library, in partnership with the Dakota County Library Foundation, announced the results of its annual poetry contest.

More than 190 entries were submitted — a 22 percent increase from the previous year. Winning poems will be published on the Dakota County Library website.

Youth: Ages 6–8

  • First place: “Gymnast Cheetah”by Ella G., Farmington
  • Second place: “Spring” by Fatima A., Rosemount
  • Third place: “Summer Dogs” by Greta R., Rosemount

Youth: Ages 9–11

  • First place: ”Punishment” by Bridget C., West St. Paul
  • Second place: “Great Hurricane” by Gabriel P., Hastings
  • 3rd place: “Like” by Molly P., Rosemount

Teens: Ages 12–14

  • First place: “This Isn’t a Love Poem” by Sophie T., West St. Paul
  • Second place: “My Symphony” by Rebecca D., Apple Valley
  • Third place: “Ode to the Sock” by Sarah N., Mendota Heights

Teens: Ages 15–18

  • First place: “Michelle Obama’s Hair” by Tsiyhon, Lakeville
  • Second place: “Real” by Rose B., Farmington
  • Third place: “Corrupt” by Nasaan B., Inver Grove Heights


  • First place: “Crooked Places Straight” by Erica R., Rosemount
  • Second place: “Intensive Day Program for Eating Disorders: Day One” by Shira D., Woodbury
  • Third place: “Once I Thought” by Barbara B., Eagan

For more information, visit or call 651-450-2900.

Michael Brun

Michael Brun joined RiverTown Multimedia at the Red Wing Republican Eagle in March 2013, covering county government, health and local events.  He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls journalism program.

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