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Melissa Hawthorne, left, store manager of the McDonald’s restaurant in Craig, stands with Chris Nichols, owner and operator, Monday afternoon at the restaurant after learning she was one of 22 semifinalists in the Voice of McDonald’s competition. Hawthorne won first place in the Rocky Mountain region, beating out competitors from 750 McDonald’s restaurants in seven states, including Colorado, Utah, Nevada and Arizona.

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Craig resident a semifinalist in global contest for McDonald’s employees

Monday was just another day at the McDonald’s restaurant in Craig. Or, at least that’s what store manager Melissa Hawthorne thought. About a month ago, Hawthorne entered the fourth Voice of McDonald’s, a singing competition for McDonald’s employees worldwide. But, on Monday morning, she wasn’t thinking about how she fared in the contest.


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