Farm Horizons, June 2015

Wright County celebrates 60 years of dairy princesses

By Starrla Cray

Five new Wright County Dairy Princesses and two ambassadors were honored at the 60th annual Wright County dairy banquet April 11.

Princesses include Jessica Howell, Kyla Mauk, Morgan Krause, Ali Spiers, and Bethany Kozitka. Ambassadors are Maisie Walter and Maggie Socha.

“We had a great turnout of past dairy princesses as well, along with a lot of visiting royalty from Wright County communities,” organizer Jen Rasset noted.

The emcee for the evening was Joe Gill, farm director/traffic manager of KASM radio.

The Friend of the Dairyman award went to dairy equipment supplier Hobert Sales of Cokato, for its customer service.

This list includes past Wright County Dairy Princesses by year, along with the number of dairy cattle, according to USDA Ag Census data.

1955

Dairy Cows: 44,000

• Margaret Leinonen Groop

• Betty Ann Eull, Buffalo

• Barbara Johnson, Cokato

• Martha Banke, Howard Lake

• Romona Friendshoch, St. Michael

• Pat Elliott Olson

1956

Dairy Cows: 45,500

• Marcia Buck, Monticello

• Carol Rabens, Montrose

• Josephine Luebke, West Albion/ French Lake

1957

Dairy Cows: 47,000

• Caroline Varner, Buffalo

• Gloria Nelson, Cokato

• Audrey Lundquist, Monticello

1958

Dairy Cows: 45,000

• Kathleen Mahoney

• Jeanette Haffton

• Pauline Benson

1959

Dairy Cows: 44,000

• Ann Kaeppe

• Barbara Hamlet

• Carolyn Barberg

1960

Dairy Cows: 44,000

• Karen Oelkle, Howard Lake

• Mary Ring, Maple Lake

• Mary Ann Fobbe, Maple Lake

1961

Dairy Cows: 44,400

• Eva Lorentz

• Gayle Schubert, Delano

• Bonnie Shulz, Monticello

1962

Dairy Cows: 41,400

• Judy Baker, Maple Lake

• Karen Smith Dingmann, Maple Lake

• Lois Strandquist, Montrose

1963

Dairy Cows: 44,300

• LaMae Danger, Howard Lake

• Karen Oelke, Waverly

• Mary Ann Schubert, Buffalo

1964

Dairy Cows: 43,800

• Judy Maehling

1965

Dairy Cows: 42,000

• Luann Danger Munson, Howard Lake

• Meryl Kottke, Loretto

• Mary Ann Schubert, Buffalo

1966

Dairy Cows: 40,000

• Unknown

1967

Dairy Cows: 37,500

• Unknown

1968

Dairy Cows: 34,400

Milk Production: 320,000,000

• Karen Wetter, Buffalo

• Janet Fobbe, Maple Lake

• Sharon Peterson, Monticello

1969

Dairy Cows: 33,800

Milk Production: 311,000,000

• Judi Bobrowske, Howard Lake

• Rosemary Clark, Howard Lake

• Patricia Piram Tollefson, Maple Lake

1970

Dairy Cows: 28,400

Milk Production: 316,000,000

• Patricia Piram Tollefson, Maple Lake

1971

Dairy Cows: 28,300

Milk Production: 313,000,000

• Nola Carlson, Buffalo

• Carol Schmidt Meyer, Buffalo

• Sue Jude, Maple Lake

1972

Dairy Cows: 28,000

Milk Production: 300,000,000

• Susan Wurm Michaelis, Maple Lake

• Patricia Vetsch Lenz, Monticello

• Colleen Gagnon Kimberly, Waverly

1973

Dairy Cows: 27,600

Milk Production: 286,000,000

• Andrea Behrenbrinker, Buffalo

• Regina Ziegler, Cokato

• LuAnn Perra, Waverly

1974

Dairy Cows: 26,900

Milk Production: 325,000,000

• Shelley Ordorff, Buffalo

• Susan Birkholz, Howard Lake

• Lois Boehlke, Waverly

1975

Dairy Cows: 27,000

Milk Production: 271,000,000

• Betty Wurm Stuhr, Maple Lake

• Debbie Schillewaert, Monticello

• Rene Zachman, St. Michael/ Albertville

1976

Dairy Cows: 26,100

Milk Production: 257,000,000

• Brenda Jost, Annandale

• Ruth Varner, Buffalo

• Nancy Mavencamp VanSickle, Maple Lake

1977

Dairy Cows: 24,000

Milk Production: 264,000,000

• Randi Machovsky, Annandale

• Jennifer Nelson, Annandale

• Gewn Vandergon, Maple Lake

1978

Dairy Cows: 23,700

Milk Production: 253,000,000

• Terri Jost, Annandale

• Marianne Pokornowski Bobrowske, Cokato

• Dawn Glessing Sawatzke, Howard 1979

Dairy Cows: 22,700

Milk Production: 268,000,000

• Jean Barrett

• Jackie Sadowski

• Kathy Zachman Weber

1980

Dairy Cows: 23,900

Milk Production: 281,000,000

• Laura Rumpza, Delano

• Bonny Streich, Howard Lake

• Sandra Zeidler, Howard Lake

1981

Dairy Cows: 24,500

Milk Production: 296,500,000

• Jacquelyn Berg, Annandale

• Christine Mavencamp Dombrovski, Maple Lake

• Sharon Lindenfelser, Monticello

1982

Dairy Cows: 26,000

Milk Production: 309,500,000

• Cathy Danger, Howard Lake

• Laurie Latzig, Howard Lake

• Michelle Uter Schwartz, Howard Lake

1983

Dairy Cows: 26,200

Milk Production: 333,500,000

• Theresa Holland, Buffalo

• Julie Diers Berning, Howard Lake

• Suzanne Salonek, Montrose

1984

Dairy Cows: 27,200

Milk Production: 320,000,000

• Valerie Zander, Maple Lake

• Minda Bodin, Waverly

• Pamela Boehlke Koenen, Waverly

1985

Dairy Cows: 27,000

Milk Production: 333,000,000

• Rebecca Fiedler, Annandale

• Pamela Boehlke Koenen, Waverly

• Linda Diers Groos, Howard Lake

1986

Dairy Cows: 27,500

Milk Production: 331,500,000

• Lolene Liefert

• Jill Engle Kittock, Howard Lake

• Betty Ann Elsenpeter, Maple Lake

• Wendy Epple, Montrose

• Pamela Boehlke Koenen, Waverly

• Linda Diers Groos, Howard Lake

1987

Dairy Cows: 25,600

Milk Production: 311,000,000

• Julianne Triplett Decker, Annandale

• Diane Weldele Toohey, Buffalo

• Janelle Dalbec Koch, Howard Lake

• Paula Boehlke Fritzke, Waverly

1988

Dairy Cows: 22,900

Milk Production: 316,500,000

• Bonnie Kowalke, Buffalo

• Rena Duske Gruenhagen, Waverly

• Nancy Domjahn Zander

1989

Dairy Cows: 22,700

Milk Production: 315,500,000

• Michele Marketon

• Tracy Diers Janikula, Howard Lake

• Nancy Domjahn Zander

1990

Dairy Cows: 22,000

Milk Production: 312,500,000

• Tami Berg Freed

• Cami Dixon, Buffalo

• Tracy Diers Janikula, Howard Lake

1991

Dairy Cows: 20,500

Milk Production: 299,500,000

• Stacey Collins, Monticello

• Laura Diers Johnson, Howard Lake

1992

Dairy Cows: 19,500

Milk Production: 293,000,000

• Susie McAlpine Peterson

• Lauri Beaudry O’Sullivan, Albertville

• Laura Diers Johnson, Howard Lake

1993

Dairy Cows: 18,900

Milk Production: 288,500,000

• Jenny Beaudry Thompson, Albertville

• Marie Murphy, Delano

• Theresa Vergin Priem, Elk River

• Colette Diers Thorson, Howard Lake

1994

Dairy Cows: 17,800

Milk Production: 273,000,000

• DeeAnn Boehlke, Waverly

1995

Dairy Cows: 17,400

Milk Production: 272,000,000

• Kali Wozniak

1996

Dairy Cows: 16,500

Milk Production: 251,500,000

• Jessica Beaudry, Albertville

• Joyce Beaudry Weber, Albertville

• Colette Diers Thorson, Howard Lake

1997

Dairy Cows: 15,900

Milk Production: 255,500,000

• Joyce Beaudry Weber, Albertville

• Michelle Esselman

• Angie Bakeberg Barlau, Waverly

1998

Dairy Cows: 14,700

Milk Production: 251,500,000

• Lisa Lenneman

• Michelle Esselman

• Brittany Boehlke, Waverly

• Stacy Wozniak Spurzem,

1999

Dairy Cows: 14,300

Milk Production: 255,500,000

• Betty Berning Matras, Otsego

• Stacy Wozniak Spurzem

• Rachel Bakeberg Bender, Waverly

2000

Dairy Cows: 14,100

Milk Production: 253,000,000

• Mary Bakeberg Lindberg

• Dawn Lambert Higgins

2001

Dairy Cows: 13,500

Milk Production: 234,000,000

• Anne Wetter

• Angie Bakeberg Barlau, Waverly *Princess Kay finalist

• Melissa Spike

2002

Dairy Cows: 12,900

Milk Production: 215,000,000

• Kristi Swanson

• Tara Johnson

• Molly Miller Uecker, Annandale

2003

Dairy Cows: 11,900

Milk Production: 205,500,000

• Sarah Dennis

• Danielle Sonsteby

• Heather Klatt Olson

• Amy Kozitka, Howard Lake

2004

Dairy Cows: 11,200

Milk Production: 194,500,000

• Mandi Stifter Kiesling

• Tricia Uecker Nordling, Maple Lake

• Shandi Pawelk, Maple Lake

• Amy Kozitka, Howard Lake

2005

Dairy Cows: 10,900

Milk Production: 196,000,000

• Michelle Beaudry Gendron, Albertville

• Amy Kozitka, Howard Lake

2006

Dairy Cows: 10,600

Milk Production: 199,000,000

• Jolee Swearingen Marquette

• Jessica Gapinski Wilking, Maple Lake

• Andrea Neuman

2007

Dairy Cows: 10,500

Milk Production: 201,000,000

• Andrea Neuman

• Bridget Boehlke-Bobrowski, Waverly

• Kelsey Kolles Heinz

2008

Dairy Cows: 10,400

Milk Production: 199,000,000

• Kristine Berning Johnson, St. Michael

• Bridget Boehlke-Bobrowski, Waverly

• Kelsey Kolles Heinz

2009

Dairy Cows: 10,600

Milk Production: 201,000,000

• Krista Nelson Nelson

• Bridget Boehlke-Bobrowski, Waverly

• Kelsey Kolles Heinz

• Jillian Koch, Winsted

2010

Dairy Cows: 10,600

• Kelsey Kolles Heinz

2011

Dairy Cows: 10,600

• Rebecca Groos, Howard Lake

• Katie Davis

• Krista Lambert, Buffalo

2012

Dairy Cows: 10,500

• Jillian Koch, Winsted

• Rebecca Groos, Howard Lake

• Katie Davis

• Krista Lambert, Buffalo

2013

Dairy Cows: 9500

• Katie Hirsch, Howard Lake

• Taylor Walter, Montrose

• Jillian Koch, Winsted

2014

• Bethany Kozitka, Howard Lake

• Katie Hirsch, Howard Lake

• Taylor Walter, Montrose

Source of dairy data: www.agcensus.usda.gov

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