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Brainerd/Baxter has two new princesses

The cities of Brainerd and Baxter have new princesses as Kalli Randall was crowned Miss Brainerd and Kaylee Hoffman was crowned Miss Baxter Saturday at the The Miss Brainerd/Baxter United States Pageant held at Tornstrom Auditorium in Brainerd.

Lydia Benson (left), Emily Johnson, Hannah True, Serena Schreifels, Kaylee Hoffman, Kalli Randall and Jessica Thorp all won a title Saturday at the Miss Brainerd/Baxter United States Pageant held at Tornstrom Auditorium in Brainerd. (Lifelike Photo Studio)
Lydia Benson (left), Emily Johnson, Hannah True, Serena Schreifels, Kaylee Hoffman, Kalli Randall and Jessica Thorp all won a title Saturday at the Miss Brainerd/Baxter United States Pageant held at Tornstrom Auditorium in Brainerd. (Lifelike Photo Studio)

The cities of Brainerd and Baxter have new princesses as Kalli Randall was crowned Miss Brainerd and Kaylee Hoffman was crowned Miss Baxter Saturday at the The Miss Brainerd/Baxter United States Pageant held at Tornstrom Auditorium in Brainerd.

Kaylee Hoffman, 19, daughter of Curt and Kate Hoffman, was sponsored by Splash School and Culver's. Hoffman entered the pageant because a friend of her told her she should. Her platform is safety during swim lessons. She said she wants everyone who is around water to be safe.

Kalli Randall, 26, Vicki Randall and Michael Randall, was sponsored by Pequot Lakes Animal Hospital. Randall said she competed when she was younger but got out of the circuit to go to school. She wanted to compete again as she still qualifies. Her platform is pet ownership. Randall said being a veterinary technician she has seen a lot of people adopt pets, but don't have the funds or the skills to take care of them. She would like to raise awareness about responsible pet ownership.

Miss Brainerd and Miss Baxter were two of seven titles 13 area young ladies vied for in the pageant.

Other title winners were:

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• Miss Junior Teen Baxter is Lydia Benson, 14, parents are Steve and Elizabeth Benson, whose platform is bullying.

• Miss Junior Teen Brainerd is Emily Johnson, 15, parents are Joe and Trina Johnson, whose platform is Leos Club.

• Miss Teen Baxter is Hannah True, 16, parents are Daniel and Dawn True, whose platform is reading.

• Miss Teen Brainerd is Serena Schreifels, 18, parents are Julie and Troy Schreifels, whose platform is mental health.

• Jessica Thorp, 28, parents are Doug and Teresa Haines, whose platform is to promote the Wounded Warrior program, was crowned Ms. Brainerd.

Vicki Randall, co-director of the pageant along with her husband Bill Musel, said the pageant went well and was well attended. Randall said it takes months to prepare the pageant each year.

All 13 contestants competed in interview, on-stage question, swimsuit and evening gown. Overall awards and winners is as follows: Swimsuit award was a tie between Johnson and Schreifels; evening gown went to Schreifels; interview and runway awards went to Kalli Randall; People's Choice went to Johnson; and Miss Congeniality went to Jessica Thorp.

Contestants competing for Miss Junior Teen along with Benson and Johnson were: Lauren Crabtree, 15, parents are Eric and Bridget Crabtree, whose platform is titled "Think Outside the Barn;" Bailee Frame, 13, parents are Melissa and Michael Frame, whose platform is animal abuse; Maia Halonen, 13, parents are Trisha Halonen and Dale Menk, whose platform is HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) awareness.

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Contestants competing for Miss Teen, along with True and Schreifels were: Megan Ryder, 15, parents are Jill Maciejny and Jeremy Ryder, whose platform is depression anxiety; Samantha Hamlin, 17, parents are Tom and Kathy Hamlin/Tom and Shelly Hice, whose platform is attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder; and Kassondra Blood, 18, parents are Scott and Denise Blood, whose platform is autism.

The title winners will go on to represent the Brainerd and Baxter area in the 2016 Miss Minnesota United States pageant in February at the Historic Landmark Center in downtown St. Paul.

Vicki Randall said Miss Teen Minnesota Alexia Patel and Miss Junior Teen Minnesota Kathryn Sundquist, who are both Brainerd natives, will compete in nationals in Washington, D.C., this week.

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JENNIFER STOCKINGER may be reached at jennifer.stockinger@brainerddispatch.com or 218-855-5851. Follow on Twitter at www.twitter.com/jennewsgirl .

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