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Published January 23 2012

Thornberg, Kiser Fargo Star finalists

Well, Jordan Thornberg hasn’t lost his mojo.

For the second straight year, the North Dakota State University student was a Fargo Star favorite, earning more votes than anyone else in his voting group.

Thornberg, whose video featured an acoustic take on the Bee Gees’ “Stayin’ Alive,” racked up 26 percent of the 26,597 votes cast. You don’t need to use your phone’s calculator to know that’s a huge chunk of votes cast for the singer from Walhalla, N.D.

He credits his mom and her “promotion” of his abilities for some of his ability to draw votes

As the week’s top finisher, Thornberg has earned a spot in the Fargo Star finals, which will be held at 6 p.m. Feb. 25 at The Hub.

Joining him at the finals will be Kennedy Kiser, a 17-year-old junior at Fargo North high school who earned 17.8 percent of the votes.

And while stereotypes suggest this is the kind of news that would cause teenage girls to scream with joy, Kiser didn’t seem too fazed by the good fortune. Perhaps it’s because she was focused on other issues as the singer was in Washington, D.C., Monday as part of the March for Life rally. And, no, she wasn’t there to sing.