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Pioneer Public TV announces local PBS Kids Writers contest winners

“Little Cabin by the Brook” by Addilyn Nelson of New London has been made into a web-based video. Nelson’s story was selected through Pioneer Public TV’s Kids’ Writers contest. (SUBMITTED)

APPLETON — Pioneer Public TV has announced the winners for its annual Pioneer Kids Writers contest. The winning stories — including several from west central Minnesota — from each grade are:


“The Ocean Friends” by Bo Duininck of Prinsburg, is about five sea creatures who play in the sea together, escape a shark and bring a lost Nautilus home to play video games.

“The Two Friends” by Lindsey Setrum of Raymond is about two friends who drink milk and cookies, take naps, play in the park and visit their grandparents.

First Grade

“How to Build a Snowman, It’s Fun and Easy” by Sadie Rosendahl of Appleton is a step-by-step guide to creating and decorating your own snowman.

Second Grade

“Little Cabin By The Brook” by Addilyn Nelson of New London is about a girl named Clara May who has to move many times before she finally arrives at a log cabin by a brook that she never wants to leave.

“The Four Fairies” by Maggie Setrum of Raymond is about four fairy sisters who go on an adventure, escaping crocodiles and exploring “Cristle Cave.”

The contest judges chose “Little Cabin By The Brook” to create a web-based video version of the story which can be viewed online at

The annual Pioneer Kids Writers Contest is a regional initiative designed to promote the advancement of children’s literacy skills. The contest encourages children in grades K-3 to celebrate creativity by submitting their own original stories and drawings.