The Mille Lacs County American Dairy Association Dairy Princess Banquet will take place at noon Saturday, April 5 at Trinity Crossing, 111 N. Sixth St., Princeton. Meet the princesses, learn about local dairy operations, and enjoy a lunch buffet for $11. A dairy expo hosted by the princesses precedes lunch, from 9-11 a.m. Anyone interested in learning more about dairy is invited to attend this free event. For banquet tickets or more information, contact Florence Dehn at 763-389-2939.
Brooke Christensen is 18 years old and a senior at Milaca High School. Her parents are Dan Christensen and Marti Lambert. She is involved in 4-H and FFA and shows for the Reiman family. She also works on a 400-cow dairy farm.
She grew up on her grandparent’s farm east of Pease. She wants to extend her career in the dairy industry after high school.
Her favorite dairy product is milk.
Kellie Deglman is the daughter of Joe and Wanda Deglman. She has two sisters, Emily and Crystal, and a brother, Joe.
This will be my third year as a dairy princess and her sister Emily will be joining for her first year this year.
She is a junior at Princeton High School while doing PSEO at Anoka-Ramsey Community College in Cambridge. She also sings in the Princeton High School women’s choir, Vive Voce.
She has lived on a small dairy farm with her family her entire life.
Her favorite dairy product is butter, because she says it tastes good on practically anything.
Emily Deglman is an eighth grader at Princeton Middle School. Her parents are Joe and Wanda Deglman. She has two sisters, Kellie and Crystal, and a brother Joe.
In her free time, Emily likes to sew. She is on the Princeton High School swimming and diving team.
Her favorite dairy product is cheese because it tastes good and I live on a dairy farm.
Moriah Nelson is a sophomore at Princeton High School.
For the past few summers she has been able to enjoy being a dairy princess for Mille Lacs County because her dad, Dan Nelson, works at Cargill milking cows.
She has two sisters, Kari and Jennifer, who have also been dairy princesses. This will be Moriah’s first year serving as a dairy princess without them. Though she is nervous to not be with her sisters, she is excited to be able to take an adventurous step to becoming independent.
Moriah loves the dairy industry and hopes to help local dairy farmers and teach everybody that dairy is a nutritious and delicious product.
She loves cheese because even if you are lactose intolerant you are able to enjoy the delicious nine essential nutrients that dairy has to give.
She is the president of her 4-H club and has shown many different animals at the local county fair. She loves to milk on local dairy farms and hopes to be hired at one in the near future.
Abby Grimm is 14 years old. She goes to school in Milaca and will be entering the ninth grade this fall.
She shoes cattle for Reiman Dairy, a family-owned farm. She has a horse of her own that she rides and is an ambassador for 4-H. She is also the vice-president of the federation.
Abby started learning about cattle two years ago when she began showing cattle. She says she loves showing cattle and went to the state fair her first year showing.
Her parents are Marty and Heidi. She has nine siblings: Austin, Aaron, Alex, Addison, Alden, Amanda, Avery, Alyssa and Aden.
At home, Abby has a family of farm goats. Along with her siblings, she milks the goats and does chores on the farm. Her dad and brothers work in the dairy industry. She liked doing that, so she started showing cattle.
Her favorite dairy product is milk and ice cream.
Kaylee Fetters is the daughter of David and Pam Fetters. She has a younger sister, Kelly.
She loves hanging out with friends and family, working on the farm and crafting.
Her favorite dairy product is cheese. She is homeschooled and in the 10th grade.
She lives and works on the family’s 44-cow dairy farm.
Kaylee Fetters is the daughter of David and Pam Fetters. She has an older sister, Kaylee.
Her hobbies are farming and gardening.
Her favorite dairy product is raw milk.
She is homeschooled and in the 9th grade.
She is very involved on the family’s dairy farm and has a small herd of dairy goats.
Janae is 15-years-old and the daughter of Al and Julie Langner. She has one brother.
She enjoys riding horses, spending time with friends and family, listening to music, and riding snowmobile with her brother.
Her favorite dairy product is ice cream.
She is in ninth grade at Milaca Public Schools and plays basketball and softball. She lives on a hobby farm with horses, cats and dogs. Her family used to have beef cattle.
Rachel is homeschooled and is in ninth grade.
She is an active member of the Milaca Evangelical Free Church youth group, Girl Scouts, and is an officer with the O’Neil 4-H club.
Rachel is a staff member of the Evergreen Bible Camp, babysitter of extraordinary children, and is crazy for cats, dogs and pygmy hedgehogs.
She loves to play softball, write novels, design buildings in Minecraft, create sparkly things and travel.
Rachel’s favorite dairy products are cream cheese and ice cream.
Rachel says its been fun getting to know the other dairy princesses. She says she learned a lot about dairy farming and hopes to be working on a dairy farm in the near future.
Rosalina is 14-years old and the daughter of Steve and Mary Lambert. She is in 8th grade and homeschooled.
She is the youngest of four brothers and three sisters.
She enjoys horses and dairy cows and has been working at Greener Dairy for over three years.
Her favorite dairy product is cream cheese.
Railey Listerud is the daughter of Dale Listerud and Paula and Eric Soderberg. She has two older sisters, Jazz and Tina; an older brother, Jeremy, and a younger brother, Grayson.
Railey attends Milaca High School, where she is in ninth grade.
Her interests and hobbies include dancing, hunting, bow fishing, horseback riding, farming, spending time with friends and family, and doing anything outside.
She says she’s usually on a softball team and has been dancing since she was two-years-old.
Her favorite dairy product is ice cream because it always makes her feel better.
She does not live on a farm, but works on her neighbor’s farm (the Fetters) and spends most of her time there. Someday she hopes to co-own that farm with the Fetters’ daughters.