Winsted-Lester Prairie Journal, Oct. 16, 2000

Who will be 'Miss Lester Prairie?'

Lester Prairie City Council gave its verbal support Tuesday to a proposed Lester Prairie Ambassador Program.

Organized by Peg Rathkamp, Becky Heimerl, and Sandra Martin, the group intends to name a queen to represent the community each year.

Hopefully, the coronation can become part of Longhorn Days each year, Martin told the council.

The queen would make appearances at various local events and activities, as well as representing Lester Prairie in parades in other communities throughout the year.

Girls ages 18 to 20 would be eligible for the competition, Martin said.

At this point, the city was only asked for verbal endorsement and allowing the committee to meet at city hall, both of which were approved.

Eventually, if a float is obtained, liability insurance will be needed and the city would be asked to fund that, Martin said.

The committee also hopes to arrange a marching band competition as part of the Longhorn Days parade in a fundraising effort.

A $3,000 budget is set to get started, and the group intends to raise about two-thirds of its own funds with the rest coming from donations, Martin said.

If the program succeeds, in later years, the Lester Prairie queen could also be sent to participate in either the Minneapolis Aquatennial or St. Paul Winter Carnival activities.

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