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Mt. Lake, MN 56159
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The winner of the first Cottonwood County Senior Spelling Bee was a woman who had come to the BARC Auditorium in Windom to watch — not compete.

But when organizers of the first senior spelling bee for county citizens “age 50 and better” coaxed her into competing, she made the most of her opportunity.

Ninety-one-year-old Annette Dick of Mt. Lake correctly spelled “precocious” to receive the gold medal and senior spelling bragging rights for 2015.

Dick was one of six women who competed in this first senior spelling bee, organized by Jackie Jurgens of Windom. And each time the former school teacher stepped to the microphone to spell her word, she closed her eyes and rattled off the letters of the word quickly

and with confidence.

Dick was a rural school teacher for 25 years. She taught first grade in California and later taught country school south of Butterfield and finally in District 69 northwest of Mt. Lake. She also taught school in Colombia, South

America.

Although she intended to only watch the competition, she admitted afterward that it was not only an honor to win, but very fun to compete.


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