Great American Think-Off searches for the nation's greatest minds

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FARGO — The Great American Think-Off is presenting its 29th question encouraging people of all ages to respond to become recognized as America's Greatest Thinker.

This year, the annual event calls for 750-word answers to the question: "Which should be more important: personal choice or social responsibility?"

The philosophical dilemma is meant to inspire thinkers from all walks of life, and those interested need to wrestle with the issue of does personal choice come first, or should a sense of social responsibility take precedence.

Finalists will have a chance to win on of four $500 cash prices and participate in a live debate. The essay deadline is April 1 and there is no fee to enter.

Four finalists will be announced May 1 and each will receive the cash prize plus travel expenses for a chance to win the title of America's Greatest Thinker at the debate held on June 11 in New York Mills, New York.


The Great American Think-Off is an exhibition of civil disagreement between ideas being explored by everyday people. The contest has received national acclaim from C-SPAN, the New York Times and The Today Show, according to a press release from the Great American Think-Off.

For additional contest details, visit or call the Cultural Center at 218-385-3339.

C.S. Hagen is an award-winning journalist currently covering the education and activist beats mainly in North Dakota and Minnesota.
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