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Local 5th grader is rewarded for her invention

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A local fifth grader won first place at the Invent Iowa state competition, she placed third at the national level.

Keerthana Balakrishnan goes to Westfield Elementary School in Marion.

Balakrishnan created the "EZ Security Bar Lifter," which allows people to lift the security bar on a door without bending over.

She told us the idea came to her as a way to help her dad.

"When my dad was going out to work in his garden, I would see him struggling to bend down to pick up the security bar, so I was wondering maybe I can invent something to prevent his back pain and that's when I came up with the EZ Security Bar Lifter," said Balakrishnan.

She told us she hopes the invention will someday come in a kit, and she would improve it by making it automatic.

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