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Minnesota teen eighth at bee

WASHINGTON - Rochester, Minn., eighth-grader Catherine "Cat" Cojocaru advanced to the finals of the 2008 Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee on Friday.

WASHINGTON - Rochester, Minn., eighth-grader Catherine "Cat" Cojocaru advanced to the finals of the 2008 Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee on Friday.

Cojocaru, who attends Rochester's Holy Spirit Catholic School, tied for eighth place after misspelling "bogatyr," a word for a Russian hero or warrior. She was sponsored by Forum Communications Co., which owns The Forum.

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