Tricounty News

Stearns dairy princesses crowned

Seven young ladies were crowned as Stearns County Dairy Princesses at the coronation held Saturday evening, March 7, at the Freeport Community Center. A total of 13 candidates competed in the judging. The day began with a speech, personal interviews, lunch with the judges, and finally a mock media interview. The princess candidates were judged on communication skills, personality, enthusiasm for the dairy promotion, and general knowledge of the dairy industry. The three judges for the day were: Kim Lippert, Ridgewater College; Charity Vold, Dorrich Dairy; and Mike Westphal, Cargill Animal Nutrition. The seven dairy princesses are: Joylynn Hadrich, daughter of Dale and Corrine Hadrich; Carrie Klaphake, daughter of Mark and Nancy Klaphake; Emily Lahr, daughter of John and Joanne Lahr; Lisa Mehr, daughter of Vernon and Joann Mehr; Hannah Molitor, daughter of Joe and Shirley Molitor; Ashley Overman, daughter of Keith and Lucy Overman; and Lori Overman, daughter of Keith and Lucy Overman. The seven princesses will serve as goodwill ambassadors for the dairy industry over the next year, promoting safe and wholesome dairy products. Also, each princess has the opportunity to attend a statewide training seminar held in May and compete for one of 12 spots for Princess Kay of the Milky Way. Stearns County American Dairy Association also awards two scholarships. This year's winners are: Emily Lahr and Ashlyn Kuklock. Carrie Klaphake was named Miss Congeniality.