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Lydia Hawn, 4, is the winner of a pumpkin in a Park Rapids Area Library drawing, librarian/pumpkin grower Michelle Yliminiemi the impetus. (Submitted photo)

P is for pumpkin... and a huge pie

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Lydia Hawn, 4, is the winner of a pumpkin in a Park Rapids Area Library drawing, librarian/pumpkin grower Michelle Yliminiemi the impetus. Librarians prepared coloring sheets as a fun thing for the kids to do and to decorate the library, not as a contest but a random drawing. Kids through age 12 were invited to participate. Forty kids entered, answering, "If I win a pumpkin at the library, I will ..." Lydia's said she would, "Say thank you for the pumpkin and make a huge pie out of it." Many of the kids said they would draw or carve a face, or make a jack o' lantern. A 3-year-old offered a recipe. "Cut it up, put it in the stove, and BOOM, it will be pumpkin pie."

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