Dayton to Visit Bird Island 20 Jan 12

Students at St. Mary’s School in Bird Island are preparing to host Gov. Mark Dayton next week.

School Principal Tracy Bertrand told the West Central Tribune that the governor’s office on Thursday afternoon confirmed plans for Dayton’s visit January 27th. The governor will be accompanied by Senator Gary Kubly of Granite Falls.

The visit honors a promise he made to St. Mary’s student McKaia Ryberg. She had invited him to visit her school.

The governor had discovered Ryberg’s talents when she sang the national anthem at a Tim Orth Foundation event as a sixth-grader in 2010. She accepted his invitation to perform the national anthem at both the Governor’s inauguration one year ago and during an October 2010 visit by President Obama to Minneapolis.

Bertrand said the school is excited about the upcoming visit and hoping to host an event for all 123 of the elementary students.