The following area students competed Wednesday, March 7, in the Lakes Spelling Bee at the National Joint Powers Alliance center in Staples: Danika Dik, sixth-grader from Crosslake Community School; Erin Kempka, seventh-grader, and Madeleine Hoag, fifth-grader, both from the Pequot Lakes School District; and Randall Yost, eighth-grader from the Pine River-Backus School District.

Royalton eighth-grader Chloe Holoman won the bee to advance to the Scripps National Spelling Bee May 27-June 1 in Washington, D.C.

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Twenty-nine fifth- through eighth-graders from Region Five schools participated in the spelling bee. Region Five includes Crow Wing, Cass, Todd, Morrison and Wadena counties.