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Local students win Congressional Art contest

Submitted photo “Minnesota Chicken” watercolor by Meghan Listerud, Prinsburg, for 2017 Congressional Art Competition.1 / 2
Submitted photo “Self Portrait” by Jessaca Zuidema of Blomkest for 2017 Congressional Art Competition.2 / 2

WASHINGTON — Congressman Collin Peterson has announced the winners of the Congressional Art Competition from Minnesota's Seventh Congressional District.

Prinsburg student Meghan Listerud is the winner with a watercolor painting "Minnesota Chicken." She will go to Washington, D.C., in June for a reception honoring her artwork, along with fellow competition winners from across the country.

The runner-up is "Self Portrait" by Jessaca Zuidema of Blomkest. Her work will be displayed in Congressman Peterson's District office in Detroit Lakes.

The Congressional Art Competition is a nationwide high school visual art competition to recognize and encourage artistic talent across the country. The competition began in 1982 as an opportunity for Members of Congress to recognize and encourage the artistic talent of their young constituents. Since then, more than 650,000 high-school students have participated in the nation-wide contest.