Fanaka Ndege

by Bruce Strand, Sports editor Local entertainer Fanaka Ndege reached finals of the Minnesota State Fair talent contest for the third time this weekend, earning his spot in the lineup at the main grandstand Sunday evening. After winning the Open division at Sherburne County Fair, the 19-year-old rapper/dancer advanced through two rounds of eliminations Sunday, […]

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by Bruce Strand, Sports Editor Fanaka Ndege is better known as an entertainer than athlete at ERHS but his performances for the track team have gotten enthusiastic reviews, too.   “Fanaka is jack of all trades,” declared his coach, Brian Gilbertson. When asked if he meant, rapping, dancing and composing, Gilbertson laughed, “Yes, those too, […]

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  by Bruce Strand, Arts editor Fanaka Ndege, showing no problems transitioning to a solo act, danced and rapped his way to top honors at the ERHS’s Starfest 2012 talent contest Wednesday evening. Last year, Ndege and two pals, Dupre Robinson and Josh Walbot, won the county fair and state fair talent contests as a […]

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Elk River High School junior Fanaka Ndege is the 11th-grade winner in the Minnesota Twins Father of the Year Essay Contest. Additionally, three other Elk River juniors received runner-up recognition. Ndege’s essay is entitled “What My Father Means to Me.”  He describes how his father, an immigrant from Kenya, taught him how to live through […]

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