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Great American Experiment speech contest

The seventh annual Great American Speech Contest on the topic of "What it Means to Be an American" starts at 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 11, at the Hobgoblin Dance Barn, 920 Highway 19. Red Wing Mayor Sean Dowse will open this years event. This is a free, family-friendly affair where Americans tell their story of "What it Means to Be an American." First place will receive $150, second place $100 and third place $50. Additional speakers are welcome. Hosted by the Hiawatha Valley Toastmasters. Drinks and snacks will be available. Full details can be found at