By Mary Divine
St. Paul Pioneer Press
LAKELAND SHORES, Minn. — Wearing headphones and standing at a microphone in a recording studio in West Lakeland Township, Gracie Bancroft channeled her inner Katy Perry.
The 10-year-old Afton girl said she felt like the pop singer as she and other students from Afton-Lakeland Elementary School in Lakeland Shores recorded a song she helped write. The song, “Dear Taysha,” is a musical get-well message to classmate Taysha Hein, who was recently diagnosed with leukemia.