Shane Berning, a Luverne High School senior, earned an eighth-place finish out of 24 participants at the Minnesota State Speech Tournament Friday in Wayzata. He competed in extemporaneous speaking.

Speech teams travel through ice and snow for state meet

The three Minnesota State Speech Tournament qualifiers left Luverne High School at 8 a.m. Wednesday, April 10, ahead of an ice storm that closed roads and left hundreds without electrical power.

Coaches Gavin Folkestad and Caroline Thorson and students Seno Chanthalangsy, Shane Berning and Chance Tunnissen arrived at their hotel almost seven hours later.


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