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All in the mammary... er, family

Brainerd Dispatch journalists had a strong showing Wednesday during lactose-themed competitions at the annual June Dairy Days. Area legislators, business notables and members of the media gathered for festivities that included a milking contest, ...

Brainerd Dispatch night editor Michael Johnson comes to grips with his situation during the milking contest at the 2015 June Dairy Days. Zach Kayser/Brainerd Dispatch
Brainerd Dispatch night editor Michael Johnson comes to grips with his situation during the milking contest at the 2015 June Dairy Days. Zach Kayser/Brainerd Dispatch

Brainerd Dispatch journalists had a strong showing Wednesday during lactose-themed competitions at the annual June Dairy Days. Area legislators, business notables and members of the media gathered for festivities that included a milking contest, custard-eating competition, and hay bale toss.

Brainerd Dispatch night editor Michael Johnson managed to squeeze out a respectable 1.5 ounces during the milking contest. Cinnamon, a 5-year-old Holstein, wasn't accostomed to being milked by hand- so the bemused bovine was somewhat fidgety. She knocked over Johnson's milk receptacle in the middle of his run, but he kept at it, as any tenacious journalist should do. Not one to cry over spilled milk, Johnson didn't let the incident phase him.

"I felt pretty confident going in," he said. "It was a tough squeeze at the end, but I pulled through. Unfortunately, the cow kicked the bucket."

Most of the Brainerd-area delegation to the Minnesota Legislature took part in the milking. Sen. Carrie Ruud, R-Breezy Point, gave an excellent effort but came away with only .1 ounces.

"I was an udder failure," she remarked to a reporter afterward.

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The champion cow milker turned out to be Hannah Studniski, Brainerd FFA president, with 5.5 ounces; second place Brainerd Superintendent of Schools Klint Willert with 4 ounces; and third place Keith Olander, CLC Ag and Energy Center in Staples with 3.5 ounces.

Senator Ruud walked away with the consolation prize, a set of "Got Milk?" glasses for her effort.

Brainerd Dispatch staff writer Spenser Bickett proved himself up to muster during the custard-eating contest, packing away just a few licks less than the winner, Scott Sheahan from Lakeland News.

The event was sponsored by the Crow Wing County Dairy Association, Brainerd FFA, Crow Wing County Farm Bureau and Culver's in Baxter.

ZACH KAYSER may be reached at 855-5860 or Zach.Kayser@brainerddispatch.com . Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ZWKayser .

Minnesota Sen. Carrie Ruud, R-Breezy Point, reacts following her turn at the milking contest at the 2015 June Dairy Days. Zach Kayser/Brainerd Dispatch.
Minnesota Sen. Carrie Ruud, R-Breezy Point, reacts following her turn at the milking contest at the 2015 June Dairy Days. Zach Kayser/Brainerd Dispatch.

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