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Local teens try out for American Idol singing talent competition


Two 16-year-olds from Pine River traveled to Chicago this month to audition for the 12th season of American Idol.

Unfortunately, neither made it to callbacks, but both gained insight into the popular singing talent competition.

Kayla Adkins and Ryan Sweeney, high school juniors, auditioned July 12 at the United Center with thousands of other hopefuls age 15-28.

The Chicago Tribune estimated the crowd gathered at around 9,000.

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Becca Clemens
After graduating high school in 2004, I attended Central Lakes College in Staples, MN for 2 years where I got a diploma in Communication Art and Design. I then transfered up to Bemidji State University in, you guessed it, Bemidji, MN. In the spring of 2009, I graduated from BSU. Then in the fall of 2009 I got a job at Echo Publishing, a sister company to the Brainerd Dispatch.
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