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Grand Marais wins Readers Digest competition; Albion, St. Johns among top vote-getters

A tiny Upper Peninsula community is the winner of the Reader’s Digest national “We Hear You America” contest.

About 300 people live in Grand Marais, a Lake Superior summertime tourist destination.

Jack Hubbard is Burt Township supervisor and oversees Grand Marais.

He says the $40,000 prize will go toward replacing the harbor’s breakwater.

Hubbard also says he was amazed that voters from two Michigan other cities helped put his community win.

"I want to tell you something: We love Albion and St. Johns, because we got bumped into second place a week before this thing ended, and those guys came and voted for us to get back into first place,” Hubbard says.

Albion finished fourth and St. Johns came in sixth. Each will get $10,000.