Minot student wins state spelling bee

Madeline Rickert, a seventh-grader at Erik Ramstad Middle School in Minot, won the state spelling bee in Bismarck on Friday, said her father, John Rickert.

Madeline was the Ward County Spelling Bee champion this year and had also won the county bee the previous year. She finished in fourth place at the 2013 state spelling bee. She said her goal was to win the state bee this year and make it to the national competition.

Andrea Johnson