From left (back row): Ted Kjos, judge; Kameron Sikkink, Dawson Bauer, Robert Berger, Senia Sikkink, Karen Hertges, judge; Daiton Tietz, Maggie Brietenstein; (front row): Mya Redinius, Kaylee Knight, Kalea Oftedahl, Nicolas Vergara. (Submitted photo)
At the Humane Society Pet Expo Saturday at the Winneshiek County Fairgrounds, winners of the first annual essay contest were announced. Essays were to address how a pet has benefited their life. First place winners received $75, second place $50 and third place $25. In the K-5 division winners were: 4th Mya Redinius, 3rd Katie Storlie, 2nd Nicolas Vergara, 1st Kalea Oftedahl. In the middle school division the winners were: 3rd Dawson Bauer, 2nd Robert Berger, 1st Kameron Sikkink. In the high school division the winners were: 3rd Maggie Breitenstein, 2nd Senia Sikkink, and 1st Daiton Tietz. Winning essays will be published in the HSNEI monthly newsletter.