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Pictured are the top three placers in the 2011 Poetry Out Loud Central Minnesota Regional competition. From left are: Madeline Franz, of St. John's Prep, who took second place; regional winner Thomas McPhee, of Morris Area; and Yasha Hoffman, of Morris Area, who placed third. McPhee and Franz will compete in the state competition March 7 in St. Paul. Photo courtesy Nic McPhee.

UPDATE: McPhee advances to Poetry Out Loud state competition

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Morris Area's Thomas McPhee won the Poetry Out Loud Central Minnesota Regional competition last week and Morris Area's Yasha Hoffman placed third.

McPhee, who placed third in the state competition last year, will return to compete in the 2011 contest March 7 at the Fitzgerald Theatre in St. Paul.

McPhee and second-place finisher Madeline Franz, of St. John's Prep, will represent the Central Minnesota region. Ten contestants competed in the regional.

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