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West Central Area Schools high school speech team: Back row from left: Isaac Kreft, Ian Wittbrodt, Makenna Prairie, John Barber, Matthew Poyzer, Hannah Anderson, Nathan Lewis and Sidney Kvam. Front row, from left: Emma Saulsbury, Emily Courrier, Crystal Exe and Nathan Saulsbury. Not pictured: Tyler Biss and Parker Stach. (Contributed) 2 / 2

National business leader to speak in Alexandria

A national business leader will speak about transforming one's working life at The Unity Foundation's monthly Faith @ Work Lunch from noon-1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 16, at the Broadway Ballroom, 115 30th Ave. E. in Alexandria.

Tickets cost $10 per person and can be purchased at the door.

The speaker, Jeffrey Miller, is national chairman of the International Christian Chamber of Commerce. He also leads a company called Compass Leadership, which coaches companies large and small.

His talk is titled "Transformed Working Life: from Calling to Manifestation." It will focus on God's calling in one's life, the foundation said in a news release.

According to the website, the International Christian Chamber of Commerce began 30 years ago and is now found in over 100 countries.

Twin Cities Quartet comes to Andria

A Twin-Cities based ensemble, the Lux String Quartet, will bring its violins and cello to the Andria Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 17.

Lux performs in a wide array of venues, including concert halls and churches, coffee shops and podcasts. While its repertoire focuses on classical music, the group frequently performs contemporary works.

The musicians also perform at elementary schools and early music education programs. They served as quartet in residence at Augsburg University Suzuki Talent Education, and are currently the quartet in residence for the Oskaloosa Music Festival.

Tickets are available for $18 at the door and at

Underwood Speech Meet

West Central Area School in Barrett sent 14 high students to a regional speech competition on Saturday, Feb. 10, and six of them qualified for one of the final rounds.

"This put us exactly in the middle of participating schools; a rather impressive feat considering the small team we brought," said teacher Kari Kreft.

They were up against 24 other schools from throughout central and western Minnesota who competed in Underwood for the Underwood Lions Invitational. About 460 speakers participated in a variety of categories. West Central Area students John Barber finished fourth in discussion finals, Nathan Lewis placed seventh in poetry finals, and speech trio Hannah Anderson, Isaac Kreft and Emma Saulsbury finished in fourth, seventh and eighth place finals respectively. Makenna Prairie earned eighth in honor finals and Matthew Poyzer received superior recognition in drama.