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Amundson advances in Country Showdown

HALLOCK -- Greg Amundson of Worthington has advanced another step in the 25th annual Colgate Country Showdown. Amundson, the son of Bruce and JoAnn Amundson of Worthington and a 2004 graduate of Worthington High School, won the Minnesota-North Da...

HALLOCK -- Greg Amundson of Worthington has advanced another step in the 25th annual Colgate Country Showdown.

Amundson, the son of Bruce and JoAnn Amundson of Worthington and a 2004 graduate of Worthington High School, won the Minnesota-North Dakota state final on Sept. 1 during the Kick'n Up Kountry Festival in Hallock.

The festival showcased 11 acts that had each won a local contest sponsored by radio stations throughout Minnesota and North Dakota. Amundson had previously won the local competition sponsored by KKWS in Wadena, which is near to his family's summer home in Miltona.

At the Hallock competition, Amundson sang Blake Shelton's "Old Red" as well as his own original composition, "Not This Day." He will next compete in the Showdown's midwest regional event Oct. 28 at Royal River Casino in Flandreau, S.D. The winners of regional events will advance to the national final to compete for $100,000 and the national title of "Best New Act in Country Music." The national final will be televised nationally in March and April 2007.

Amundson is currently a student at the University of North Dakota, majoring in biology.

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