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May 22, 2011

Front, left to right: Kelsey Sellner, Stephanie Kasper, Janet Oelfke, Chelsey Johnson. Middle, left to right: Emma Motl, April Johnson, Chaneen Haler, Emily Krekelberg. Back, left to right: Jennifer Janak, Theresa Twohey, Erin Daninger, Mary Zahurones. Download High Resolution Image

ST. JOSEPH, Minn. – This year’s finalists for the title of Princess Kay of the Milky Way have been named.  The 12 young women from dairy farm backgrounds were selected at the conclusion of a three-day event for county dairy princesses held in St. Joseph.  Each of the 12 will be sculpted in butter during the 2011 Minnesota State Fair.  Princess Kay is crowned each year the night before the State Fair opens.

For the first time in the contest’s 58-year history, two sisters are among the finalists.  April Johnson, 21, and Chelsey Johnson, 19, both from Heron Lake and representing Cottonwood County, are the daughters of Dean and Elizabeth Johnson.

The finalists also include:

  • Erin Daninger, 19, Forest Lake, representing Washington County, daughter of Pat and Sharlene Daninger;
  • Chaneen Haler, 18, Norwood, representing Carver County, daughter of Rick Haler and Connie Helget;
  • Jennifer Janak, 19, Northfield, representing Dakota County, daughter of Roger and Julie Janak;
  • Stephanie Kasper, 19, Owatonna, representing Steele County, daughter of Peter and Karen Kasper;
  • Emily Krekelberg, 20, Le Sueur, representing Le Sueur County, daughter of Patty Krekelberg and Dale Krekelberg.
  • Emma Motl, 19, Browerville, representing Todd County, daughter of Mike Motl and Kim Harff;
  • Janet Oelfke, 19, Hamburg, representing Sibley County, daughter of Jim and Jody Oelfke;
  • Kelsey Sellner, 19, Sleepy Eye, representing Brown County, daughter of Mike and Judy Sellner;
  • Theresa Twohey, 20, Stewartville, representing Olmsted County, daughter of Edward and Sherri Twohey; and
  • Mary Zahurones, 17, Pierz, representing Morrison County, daughter of Chuck and Pat Tax.

Princess Kay serves as the official goodwill ambassador for the state’s dairy farmers, and makes appearances to help explain their commitment to taking care of the animals and resources while providing wholesome, nutritious and affordable dairy products.  Midwest Dairy Association manages the program. 


Editor’s Note: For individual photos of finalists, please email a request to Sherry Newell.

Midwest Dairy Association is a non-profit organization funded by dairy farmers to build demand for dairy products through integrated marketing, nutrition education and research. Midwest Dairy is funded by checkoff dollars from dairy farmers in a 10-state region, including Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Arkansas and eastern Oklahoma. For more information, visit www.midwestdairy.com. Follow us on Twitter and find us on Facebook at Midwest Dairy.

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Sherry Newell

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