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Published April 07, 2010, 12:00 AM

Dairy royalty will be crowned Saturday

The 2010 Goodhue County Dairy Princess and DHIA Awards Banquet will begin at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Zumbrota VFW.

The 2010 Goodhue County Dairy Princess and DHIA Awards Banquet will begin at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Zumbrota VFW. The program will be at 8:30 p.m.

Dairy princess candidates are:

Alysha Bang

Kenyon

My parents are Gene and Tracy Bang. I have an older brother, Adam, 22, and a twin brother, Aric.

We live on a 400-acre dairy farm and milk registered Ayrshires. We raise all of our heifers for replacement.

Do you help with work on the farm? My responsibilities are to feed the cows and calves and help with hay and straw in the summer. Occasionally I help with milking.

Do you have an interesting experience you’d like to share? My most embarrassing moment occurred last year at the Goodhue County Fair when I was showing my neighbor’s Brown Swiss during the dairy show. The Brown Swiss was in heat and decided to jump on my shoulders.

What is your favorite dairy promotion? The Got Milk? mustache campaign. Celebrities ask to be a part of this campaign because they know the importance of dairy and want to promote good health for families.

Ann Dicke

Goodhue

My parents are Lyle and Shannon Dicke, and I have two brothers, Charlie 16, and Jay 9.

We live 10 minutes north of Goodhue on a 155-cow dairy farm. We farm 300 acres and have a double-9 parallel parlor.

Do you help with work on the farm? I help with chores by milking cows, bottle feeding calves, giving shots, scraping the barn, mixing feed and medicine.

Do you have an interesting experience you’d like to share? I was scraping one night a few years ago, thinking no one was coming. I couldn’t stop myself from belting this song really bad. So I had to suffer through the embarrassment when my uncle walked up to tap on the skid loader window holding in his laughter.

Do you have a favorite dairy product? Yogurt, because, no matter what, you can’t get sick of all the different flavors.

Christine Grove

Wanamingo

I have nine brothers and sisters. My dad owns a drywall business . My mom is a stay-at-home mom.

I am employed at the Ronningen farm outside of West Concord. We milk 120 dairy cows, mainly Holstein, some Brown Swiss and also a few Jerseys in a double-6 herring bone parlor. I also feed calves.

Do you have a favorite dairy product? Cheese! You can put it on almost anything.

Why should you be the next county dairy princess? Because I love being able to work on a dairy farm and promoting an industry that I am passionate about is very important to me.

Rachel Friese

Wanamingo

My parents are David and Becky Friese. I have three brothers, Aaron 29, Josh 20 and Marshall 15., and a sister, Sally 22.

My family and I live on a 120-acre dairy farm, Rodash-View Holsteins. We milk 65 registered Holstein cows and grow corn, alfalfa and soybeans.

Do you help with work on the farm? My responsibilities are feeding the calves, cleaning the milk house, and taking care of the animals at the summer fairs.

Do you have an interesting experience you’d like to share? My story happened at my farm in 2006 when my sister was a dairy princess. The dairy lunch was being served and, to make the story short, Alysha should have looked twice at the “friendly” cow she was petting.

Do you have a favorite dairy product? Milk! I love drinking our cows’ whole milk from the bulk tank with my meals. It’s so cold and refreshing.

Victoria Jensch

Zumbrota

I am the daughter of Jean Jensch and the late Bill Jensch. I have a big extended family and I love spending time with them as often as I can.

I work for my uncle and aunt, Paul and Ann Nibbe, on their dairy farm in rural Zumbrota. They farm 150 acres of corn, alfalfa, oats, and beans. They have 40 milking cows and they house all of the young stock on their farm. Their herd is composed of all registered Holsteins.

Do you have an embarrassing or interesting dairy or general farm experience you’d like to share? The first summer I was supposed to rake hay. I had to walk from the house, through the pasture to get to the field where he was raking. The gate was a barbed wire fence and I didn’t see the fence lying on the ground. I walked right into it and got my legs caught. I didn’t get hurt, but I did get a lot of cuts. Needless to say, I learned my lesson. To top it off, we didn’t have any bandages on hand but pink vet wrap. Mom was extremely surprised when I came home with pink legs.

Maggie Lexvold

Goodhue

I come from a big family of nine. My parents are Kenny and Jane Lexvold.

My farm is located about six miles outside of Goodhue. We milk 45 cows. We farm 300 acres, raise our heifers and finish out about 30 steers.

Do you help with work on the farm? I have to feed the heifers at my grandparents’ each morning before school. Then at night I normally help with whatever needs to be done — feeding cows, mixing feed, helping milk or feed calves.

Why should you be the next county dairy princess? I would like to be the next dairy princess for many reasons. First, I would love to learn more about the dairy industry and how much they do for the people and not just the farming part of it. I would also love to share with and inform people about the many different dairy promotions and make sure that people know how important the dairy industry really is.

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