ST. PAUL — Ten dairy princesses from across Minnesota have been named finalists for the 68th Princess Kay of the Milky Way.

According to a news release from Midwest Dairy, the finalists were selected after participating in virtual or in-person judging sessions May 14 and 15. The typical dairy promotion and leadership event was separated into two days of virtual leadership sessions and a day of judging due to COVID-19 precautions.

The finalists include:

  • Emeliya Dose, 18, of Plainview, representing Wabasha County;
  • Kelsey Erf, 19, of Oakdale, representing Washington County;
  • Anna Euerle, 19, of Litchfield, representing Meeker County;
  • Alaina Johnson, 18, of Dakota, representing Houston County;
  • Kelsey Kuball, 19, of Waterville, representing Rice County;
  • Emily Leonard, 21, of Norwood Young America, representing Carver County;
  • Isabelle Lindahl, 20, of Lindstrom, representing Chisago County;
  • Megan Meyer, 17, of Rollingstone, representing Winona County;
  • Jessica Ohmann, 20, of Albany, representing Stearns County;
  • Katrina Thoe, 22, of Hayfield, representing Dodge County.

To participate as a finalist for Princess Kay of the Milky Way, each participant submitted an application, participated in a personal interview, prepared and delivered a speech and participated in a mock media interview. Candidates are judged on their general knowledge of the dairy industry, communication skills and enthusiasm for promoting the dairy industry.

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Midwest Dairy represents 5,800 dairy farm families and is funded by farmers from across a 10-state region, including Minnesota.