‘Talking about dairy’

Published 9:43 am Monday, April 4, 2011

Elizabeth Wangen, reigning Freeborn County Dairy Princess, crowned Lindsey Miller the 2011 Dairy Princess on Saturday night at the annual Dairy Princess and Milk Maid Banquet and Coronation at Trinity Lutheran Church.

Elizabeth Wangen, Freeborn County’s 2010 dairy princess, crowns Lindsey Miller as the 2011 Freeborn County dairy princess at a banquet Saturday evening. -- Kelli Lageson/Albert Lea Tribune

Rachel Wangen, 2010 Freeborn County Milk Maid, crowned Madysen Jensen the 2011 Milk Maid.

Miller, the daughter of John and Alana Miller, was a Milk Maid in 2005 and said her goal as Dairy Princess will be to educate people about milk.

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“I want to show the hard work that brings dairy into homes,” Miller said.

Miller is a senior at Austin High School and lives on a dairy farm with her parents near Oakland. She plans to go to the University of Wisconsin-Stout in the fall for graphic communications management. She’s involved in 4-H and said she is looking forward to opportunities to educate people about milk during the next year.

Jensen said she likes helping with chores on the dairy farm and that she’s most excited to help educate kids about dairy.

“I like talking about dairy,” Jensen said.

As Dairy Princess and Milk Maid, the girls will have the opportunity to ride in the Third of July Parade in Albert Lea, work at the ice cream stand and hand out ribbons at the Freeborn County Fair, give dairy samples at Hy-Vee and talk on KATE radio about dairy.

Rachel Wangen, Freeborn County’s 2010 milk maid, crowns Madysen Jensen as the 2011 Freeborn County milk maid at a banquet Saturday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Albert Lea. -- Kelli Lageson/Albert Lea Tribune

Elizabeth said her year as Dairy Princess was fun and she liked reading the “Daisy the Calf” book to preschoolers at The Children’s Center. She also said a memorable event was helping a fellow farmer rescue cows from a barn after the June 17 tornadoes. Rachel said she enjoyed being Milk Maid and that she was thankful for the opportunity.

Miller was presented with a scholarship from proceeds from the ice cream stand at the Freeborn County Fair. Elizabeth received a portrait in her crown.

About 50 people were present at the banquet, which was held at 8 p.m. Saturday. Bruce Ness, Dick Miller, Milt Wolff, Ron Peterson, Dean Grant, Cindy Grant, Matt Wangen and Nancy Wolff, all members of the board of directors for the Freeborn County American Dairy Association were present.