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Minnesota United States Pageant crowns 6 ladies

Women of all ages--including those from the Brainerd lakes area--competed this past weekend in the Minnesota United States Pageant at Tornstrom Auditorium in Brainerd.

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Minnesota United States Pageant winners are Kimberly Stommes (left), Mrs. Minnesota; Alyssa DelTorre, Ms. Minnesota; Mandy Peterson, Miss Minnesota; Kylie Christenson, Miss Jr Teen Minnesota; Madeline Helget, Miss Teen Minnesota; and Tracy Phillippe, Ms. Woman Minnesota. Submitted

Women of all ages-including those from the Brainerd lakes area-competed this past weekend in the Minnesota United States Pageant at Tornstrom Auditorium in Brainerd.

There were 27 contestants in the pageant, where six females received a crown in six different categories divided among age and other pageant rules.

This was the second year the Minnesota United States Pageant was in Brainerd.

State Pageant directors Vicki Randall and Bill Musel, who live in Baxter, brought the state pageant from St. Paul to Brainerd after seeing a growth in the pageant system. Randall and Musel also are the directors of the Brainerd United States Pageant. They started directing pageants in 2003 and began the Brainerd circuit 10 years ago. They've been the state directors for the past five years.

"So many of the contestants who did not win a crown are excited to return and compete again next year," Randall stated in a news release. "Our community, pageant staff and volunteers embraced all these ladies with open arms and it became such a wonderful experience for everyone involved. We couldn't of asked for a better group of ladies, competing. I can't wait for many of them to return next year.

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"This was, by far the best production we have ever had. Everyone involved, outdid themselves and truly did make it, the greatest show."

The theme of the pageant was "The Greatest Show," using the music from the recently released movie, "The Greatest Showman."

Jeremy Doyle of Silent Shout Productions created the opening film for the pageant and did the videography of all the pageants and events. Entertainment this year were Savannah Cole of Brainerd, who sang; and Oscar and Michelle Gonzalez of Spirit Movement Dance Studio of

Brainerd, who danced.

Results

• Kylie Christenson of Baxter won Miss Junior Teen Minnesota United States for ages 13-15. Christenson also won the evening gown and swimsuit category competitions. Jasmine Townsend, of Brainerd was the interview winner and Emily Miller of Isle was first runner-up.

• Madeline Helget of Clearwater won Miss Teen Minnesota United States for ages 16-19. Helget also won the evening gown, swimsuit and interview category competitions. Alaysia Nelson of Franklin was first runner-up.

• Mandy Peterson of Monticello won Miss Minnesota United States for ages 20-29. Peterson also won the evening gown and interview categories, along with tying in the swimsuit category with Nicole Perlstein of St Paul, who also was first runner-up.

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• Alyssa DelTorre of Breezy Point won Ms. Minnesota United States which is for ages 20-29, who must be single at the time of the competition. The woman in this category also must have been married at one point in her life and/or have children. DelTorre was the evening gown, swimsuit and interview winner of the two combined divisions.

• Tracy Phillippe of Ramsey won Ms. Woman Minnesota United States for ages 30 or older, who must be single at the time of the competition. The woman in this category also must have been married at one point in her life and/or have children. If divorced, she must provide documentation.

• Kimberly Stommes of Sartell won Mrs. Minnesota United States, which is for ages 21 and older and the woman must be married and living with spouse. She also won the evening gown and interview portions of the competition. Brooke Franssen of Elk River was the swimsuit winner, along with being the Mrs. State Costume winner and was named Mrs. Congeniality.

Winners of the Minnesota State Costume Runway Show Friday were Miss Divisions were Kaytlin Hart of Baxter and Mrs. Division was Brooke Franssen of Elk River.

The Little Miss Denim and Diamonds Runway Show winner Saturday was Kennedy Christenson of Baxter.

The areas of competition include interview, swimsuit, evening gown and on-stage question. Each were worth 25 percent of the score. There is no talent category in this pageant circuit.

Minnesota United States Pageant is a circuit that has been around since the '80s and is owned by Isabella Ilacqua. The primary goal of this pageant is to provide a life-changing experience for young ladies across Minnesota, organizers stated. The organization strives to empower all delegates to become active participants in their community while nurturing and promoting a cause meaningful to her, through their platform, the pageant website stated.

The winners will compete in July in the national Miss United States pageant in Orlando, Fla.

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Girls ages zero to 7 also had their own competitions as part of the Minnesota United States Pageant program. These winners do not compete at the national level.

Other categories and winners

• Prudence Litke, the daughter of Mike and Caitlin Litke of Lindstrom and granddaughter of Mark and Nancy Cross of Baxter, won Miss Baby Minnesota for ages 0-23 months.

• McKenna Olson, the daughter or Carmen Olson of Brainerd, won Miss Toddler Minnesota for ages 2-3.

• Daphne Talsma, the daughter of Jesse and Paige Talsma of Deerwood, won Mini Miss Minnesota for ages 4-5. She also won the photogenic competition.

• Lilah Lee, the daughter of Elvis Lee and Joua Lor of Maplewood, won Petite Miss Minnesota for ages 6-7.

• Kennedy Christenson, the daughter of Bethany Christenson and Trent Christenson of Baxter, won Little Miss Minnesota United States for ages 8-9. She also won the Denim and Diamonds Runway Show and the overall interview, formal wear, sportswear, "Come Sail Away" Cruise Wear, On-Stage Question and prettiest eyes and smile.

• Mya Gierman, the daughter of Steven and Wanda Gierman of Rogers, won Miss Pre Teen Minnesota United States for ages 10-12.

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