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Brief: Area students named National Merit Scholarship winners

WINDOM -- Three area students, Brandon Brockshus of Bigelow, Jack Kelly of Windom, and Heather Steele of Spirit Lake, Iowa, have been named as 2009 National Merit Scholarship winners.

They are among more than 2,800 winners of National Merit Scholarships financed by colleges and universities. Officials of each sponsor college selected their scholarship winners from among finalists in the 2009 National Merit Scholarship Program who plan to attend their institution. These awards provide between $500 and $2,000 annually for up to four years of undergraduate study at the institution financing the scholarship.