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VFW essay competitions set

The Brainerd VFW is sponsoring two essay competitions with a deadline submission of Oct. 31 for both.

Students in sixth through eighth grades can write a 300- to 400-word essay for Patriot's Pen. This year's theme is "Why I Honor the American Flag."

Students in ninth through 12th grades will compete in the VFW Voice of Democracy. Students should write and voice a three- to five-minute essay. The theme for this year is "Why My Vote Matters."

For details, visit or contact Mark Persons at 218-829-1326 or email