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Frank Merchlewitz is a senior writing and radio/television production double major at Drake University by way of Winona, Minn. Previously, he worked as a multimedia intern at WXOW-TV in La Crosse, Wisc., and he’s written for Winona360 and The Times Delphic. Frank moonlights as a jazz pianist and his combo plays every other Tuesday at The Lift in downtown Des Moines. When he's not in the Silicon Prairie office, you can find him riding his bike around town, experimenting in his home kitchen or playing classic Nintendo games.

The polls are open!

Through August 22, help us decide the winners of our inaugural Silicon Prairie Awards, which will recognize 12 companies and individuals. You can vote once per day per category.
Winners will be announced live on stage at
our August 30 event.