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Giese to perform at State Fair

Holly Giese (right) and her mother, Ditto Hennen (left) perform during the Stevens County Fair's Community Supper last month. Photo by Nancy Woodke.

By Tom Larson

Sun Tribune

Morris resident Holly Giese will perform at the Minnesota State Fair's talent competition this weekend.

Giese will perform at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 4, on the Baldwin Park Stage in the Family Fair area.

Giese, who was the winner of the annual Kiwanis Talent Show competition, will perform with her mother, Ditto Hennen.

Giese will perform a song she wrote, "Soldier's Wife." She first performed the song at the Community Supper during the Stevens County Fair last month.

"I know a few wives (whose military husbands are currently deployed) and I just feel for them and what they're going through," Giese said. "I thought it was a nice subject to write about."

If Giese, 34, takes first in Friday's competition, she would move on to the Sept. 5 competition. A first place finish there would put her into the fair's amateur contest Sept. 6 in the fair's Grandstand.

Contestants must send in a copy of their song, and performances are limited to four minutes, she said.

Giese has been a singer and piano player for much of her life, but she began teaching herself how to play guitar about 18 months ago. She took some lessons locally and kept working at the instrument, she said.

Getting the opportunity to make music with her family's older members was her motivation, she said.

"My mom's family is very musical, and one of my highlights was getting to play with my uncle (Earl Wicklund, of International Falls) who is amazing on the accordion."

The State Fair competition undoubtedly will be another highlight.

"It will be a new experience for me," she said. "It will be fun."