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Youth's Got Talent for tornado recovery

Photo by Rachelle Klemme Teens line up and do "The Catholic Dance," a parody of The Backstreet Boys' "Larger Than Life," at Youth's Got Talent. From left are Sarah Dykhoff, Emily Roggenkamp, Kristin Kane, Becky Wegscheid, Karen Pelletier, Dan Ingman, Jillian Leenay, Andrew Perala, Kyle Vorderbruggen and Michael Meyer.1 / 8
Photo by Rachelle Klemme Beverly Fank, an eighth-grader from Wadena, sings "Landslide" by The Dixie Chicks.2 / 8
Photo by Rachelle Klemme Dan Ingman, a 10th-grader from Cold Spring, played drums on a 5-gallon bucket.3 / 8
Photo by Rachelle Klemme Grace Mertens, a sixth-grader from Wadena, sings an original song "With God."4 / 8
Photo by Rachelle Klemme Dixie Dykhoff, preschooler from Bluffton, hula hoops for Youth Got Talent.5 / 8
Photo by Rachelle Klemme Jade and Cole Zeirden, third grade and first grade from Fergus Falls, sing and play guitar.6 / 8
Photo by Rachelle Klemme Rowland Dykhoff, kindergartener from Bluffton, hula hoops for Youth Got Talent.7 / 8
Photo by Rachelle Klemme Terry Lillis, an 11th-grader from New York Mills, performs "Firework" by Katy Perry.8 / 8

Kids from around central Minnesota entertained an audience at St. Ann's Parish Center to raise funds for area tornado survivors.

Youth's Got Talent was held on Saturday, April 16. The dinner and talent show raised more than $1,000 for the Wadena-Otter Tail Long Term Recovery Committee with donations still coming in.

Performers ranged from preschool to senior high and were mostly from Wadena, Deer Creek and Bluffton along with several kids from Fergus Falls, Cold Spring and the Princeton/Zimmerman area.

Music ranged from worship songs to pop favorites to the Star Wars Mos Eisley Cantina theme.

New York Mills 11th-grader Michael Meyer planned the event with help from Nicole Hessig, St. Ann's youth ministry coordinator.

Meyer is participating in Youth in Theology and Ministry (YTM) which encourages service projects.

Talent show winners

Preschool-3rd Grade

1st - Maggie Carlson, Wadena; piano

2nd - Zachary Meeks, Wadena; piano

4-6th Grade

1st - Nathan Zeirden, Fergus Falls; singing

2nd - Grace Mertens, Wadena; original song

7-8th Grade

1st - Tyler Pyle, Fergus Falls; piano

2nd - Bethany Andersen, New York Mills; guitar and singing

9-12th Grade

1st - Dan Ingman, Cold Spring; drums

2nd - Michael Meyer, New York Mills; singing