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Goodhue County woman crowned Princess Kay of the Milky Way

FALCON HEIGHTS -- A 19-year-old dairy princess from Goodhue County was enshrined in butter Thursday, Aug. 25, at the Minnesota State Fair after being crowned the 63rd Princess Kay of the Milky Way.

FALCON HEIGHTS -- A 19-year-old dairy princess from Goodhue County was enshrined in butter Thursday, Aug. 25, at the Minnesota State Fair after being crowned the 63rd Princess Kay of the Milky Way.

Haley Hinrichs of Goodhue won the title Wednesday night at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds. The competition is sponsored by the Midwest Dairy Association, representing the state’s dairy producers.

Hinrichs, who will serve as the official goodwill ambassador for more than 3,000 Minnesota dairy farm families, is the daughter of Tim Hinrichs. She attends Iowa State University, where she is pursuing a degree in agriculture education with an emphasis in communications.

Twelve county dairy princesses from throughout Minnesota competed for the Princess Kay title.

Meghan Skiba of Cambridge, representing Isanti County, and Morgan Krause of Buffalo, representing Wright County, were selected as runners-up.

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Skiba was also named Miss Congeniality. Skiba and Krause were awarded scholarships, along with Sabrina Portner of Sleepy Eye, representing Brown County.

Hinrichs’ first official duty as Princess Kay was to sit in a rotating cooler in the Dairy Building to have her likeness sculpted in a 90-pound block of butter on Thursday, the opening day of the Minnesota State Fair.

This year marks butter sculptor Linda Christensen’s 45th year carving Princess Kay and the other 11 finalists.

The finalists are scheduled to have their likenesses sculpted as follows:

-Friday, Aug. 26: Emily Stocker, Jordan, representing Scott County

-Saturday, Aug. 27: Morgan Krause, Buffalo, representing Wright County

-Sunday, Aug. 28: Meghan Skiba, Cambridge, representing Isanti County

-Monday, Aug. 29: Kiersten Sabolik, Kensington, representing Douglas County

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-Tuesday, Aug. 30: Makaila Klejeski, Claremont, representing Dodge County

-Wednesday, Aug. 31: Stephanie Sukalski, LeRoy, representing Mower County

-Thursday, Sept. 1: Kayla Leiding, Fountain, representing Fillmore County

-Friday, Sept. 2: Sabrina Portner, Sleepy Eye, representing Brown County

-Saturday, Sept. 3: Annette Kyllo, Byron, representing Olmsted County

-Sunday, Sept. 4: Kalley Berg, Pine Island, representing Olmsted County

-Monday, Sept. 5: Kelly Schouviller, Callaway, representing Becker County

The Princess Kay Facebook page ( facebook.com/princesskayofthemilkyway ) provides daily updates and photos of each completed butter sculpture.

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