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North Dakota League of Cities holds 'If I Were a Mayor' essay contest for kids

BISMARCK — The North Dakota League of Cities is sponsoring a statewide "If I Were a Mayor" essay contest for third and seventh graders to encourage students to think about public service and future community leadership.

Essays must address why students feel their community is great and what they would do to improve their city if they were mayor.

Students may submit essays on their own or through their classroom teacher. Requirements can be found at

Contest winners will receive a $150 cash prize and have their essay featured in the League's publication CITYScan. Winners will be announced during City Government Week, April 2-6.