Prairie Public has announced the winners of their 2019 PBS KIDS Writers Contest. Two hundred and seventeen local children submitted creative entries, and all received certificates of participation and personalized, positive feedback.

Judges who evaluated the entries and chose the winners were Prairie Public’s teacher ambassador Darcy Bakkegard, retired educator Bev Pearson, retired elementary attendance secretary Mary Miller and the children’s librarians at the Fargo Public Library.

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The annual PBS Kids Writers Contest is an initiative designed to promote the advancement of children’s literacy skills through hands-on, active learning. The contest encourages children in grades K-3 to celebrate creativity by submitting their own original stories and illustrations.

Sixteen stories were chosen for first place and red ribbon favorite recognition, which are all available to read at

Area winners include:

First Place

Kindergarten – "When the Button Got Lost” by Jax Lonnberg, Jamestown

Red Ribbon Favorites

Kindergarten – “Lepre-Connor” by Connor Anderson, Marion

Kindergarten – “Secret Birds” by Berkley Kuss, Jamestown

Grade 2 – “Coney the Black-Footed Ferret” by Nick Pierson, Carrington