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Siri Freeh of Lake Park crowned Miss Minnesota, Miss Brainerd Lakes Rebecca Yeh, first runner-up

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) - University of Minnesota student Siri Freeh, a native of Lake Park, has been crowned Miss Minnesota 2012.

The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports (http://bit.ly/MWm6dn) the 22-year-old was Miss Northwest, representing the Detroit Lakes area, at the Miss Minnesota Scholarship Pageant at Eden Prairie High School through Saturday night.

She's a nursing junior at the University of Minnesota and says she intends to eventually earn a doctorate in cardiovascular research.

She competed against 21 other women. The fourth runner-up was Miss West Metro Bethany Beniek; third runner-up, Miss St. Paul Elizabeth Sciopioni; second runner-up, Miss Coon Rapids Samantha Phillippi; and first runner-up, Miss Brainerd Lakes Rebecca Yeh.

The pageant was the official preliminary for the Miss America Pageant. Freeh will compete for the Miss America crown in January in Las Vegas.

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Information from: St. Paul Pioneer Press, http://www.twincities.com

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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