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Last Minnesotan out of national spelling bee

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May 30, 2014 at 10:00 am

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The last Minnesotan has bowed out of the 70th Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C.

Thirteen-year-old Mark Kivimaki, a seventh-grader at Valley View Middle School, made it to the semifinals.

Kivimaki correctly spelled his Round 5 word, "ebullition," defined as a state of bubbling up or boiling.

But he then stumbled when he misspelled "Ananke," which means "personification of ultimate fate that gods must yield to."

Minnesotans eliminated earlier were Shane DeSilva, an eighth-grader at Pacelli Catholic School in Austin; Lauren Crabtree, an eighth-grader at Forestview Middle School in Brainerd; Alyssa Boynton, a seventh-grader at Murray County Central School in Slayton; and Kellen Rufus Rodriguez, an eighth-grader at Fairmont High School.

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