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Aaron Nissen, a senior in Blackduck High School, was one of four honored as a recipient of a $1,000 scholarship from the Minnesota Association of Townships at its annual meeting held Nov. 17-19 in Alexandria. He is the son of Jim and Teri Nissen who live in Nebish Township in Beltrami County.

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The scholarship program is open to all juniors attending a Minnesota public, private, or parochial high school or a home study program.

To apply for this year's award, applicants had to write a 500-word essay answering the question: "Choose a significant challenge facing township government today and defend your choice." These essays needed to show a student's knowledge and understanding of township government.

The application also required a letter of recommendation and a commitment to get additional education at a college, university, or vocational school. The 2012 question will be released to schools in December and applications will also be available on the MAT website, www.mntownships.org.

Nissen is motivated to help others through physical therapy. He's had this interest several years, since a physical therapist helped him overcome an athletic injury. He's aligned his high school coursework to prepare, taking advanced classes as well as volunteering at a local rehabilitation center for the past two years.

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