Students crowned dairy royalty

Published 12:00 am Monday, March 17, 2003

Emily Wolff was crowned the 2003 Freeborn County Dairy Princess and Mary Wangen was crowned the 2003 Freeborn County Milk Maid at the annual banquet and coronation Saturday evening at Hutch’s Corner in Hayward.

Wolff, 17, is the daughter of Milton and Nancy Wolff of Glenville.

At Glenville-Emmons High School, she is active in National Honor Society, student council, FFA, Knowledge Bowl, drama, concert band, jazz band, marching band, choir, and is editor of the school newspaper. She enjoys volleyball, golf, softball, cheerleading and spending time with her friends. At Salem Lutheran Church, she is active in the community youth group.

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Her family’s dairy operation includes 25 cows. She said her father is her hero.

Even though the number of dairy farmers and farms is decreasing, technology has kept production high. &uot;Every farmer has contributed to those advancements,&uot; she said.

Wolff highlighted what an ad for this line of work might look like: 365 days a year, on call 24 hours a day, little or no vacation, poor pay. &uot;Most people would be crazy to answer this ad,&uot; she said.

But she is glad there are dairy farmers who have answered the call because they love what they do.

Wolff shared a favorite quote from Norman MacEvan: &uot;We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.&uot;

Wolff plans to attend Winona State University in the fall. She is undecided on a major.

Wolff is sponsored by the Glenville-Emmons FFA.

Wangen, 12, is the daughter of Sharon and Matthew Wangen of Albert Lea. Her family’s dairy operation consists of 40 cows.

Her school activities include band, peer mediation and Math Masters, and her community activities are Girl Scouts, vacation Bible school and 4-H.

Wangen’s hobbies include playing piano, figure skating, swimming, drawing, story writing, horse riding and camping.

She is sponsored by Associated Milk Producers Inc.

Wangen was crowned by 2002 Milk Maid Amy Lysne. Lysne shared the highlights of her year, which included riding in parades, presenting trophies at the fair, serving milk at the Lions’ Flight Breakfast and Hy-Vee, and reading &uot;Daisy the Cow&uot; to preschoolers.

Wolff was crowned by 2002 Freeborn County Dairy Princess Amanda Thompson. She outlined similar highlights, as well as a Minnesota Agricultural Ambassador training institute.

&uot;This has been one of the most exciting years of my life,&uot; Thompson said.