Sawyer native wins Minnesota Sings contest


October 9, 2020

Joseph Kotiranta of Sawyer won the 2020 Minnesota Sings competition.

Due to Covid-19 and social distancing mandates, the 11th annual Minnesota Sings competition took place virtually this year. Participants submitted videos of their performances via YouTube. Sawyer resident Joseph Kotiranta, one of two candidates sponsored by the Cromwell Area Community Club, won first place in the age 13-to-20 group. Cromwell-Wright student Aurora Gervais, a first-time competitor, ranked in the top five.

Kotiranta chose Antônio Carlos Jobim's "The Girl from Ipanema," singing it first in English and then in Portuguese.

"My dad urged me to choose this song, because he said i...

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