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Roger Reese from Bemidji VFW Post #1260, presented Andrew Nissen of Blackduck Elementary School three checks from VFW Post #1260, Ladies Auxiliary Post #1260 and VFW District 9 (31 VFW posts) as the winner of the Patriot's Pen essay writing contest. There are nine VFW districts in the state of Minnesota. Nissen has participated in this essay contest for three years, winning the VFW Post #1260 for the last three years and was the top winner in VFW District 9 in 2010. The Blackduck School District and comm...

Nissen wins essay contest with Does Patriotism still matter?

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Our country wouldn't exist if it hadn't been for people who cared more for freedom than they did for themselves. Our first president, George Washington, gave of his own personal wealth and many of our first congressmen worked for free to help get our nation started. These people recognized that to have a great country there must be self-sacrifice.


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