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Miss Minnesota

For the state pageant affiliated with Miss USA, see Miss Minnesota USA.
Nicole Swanson, Miss Minnesota 2006

The Miss Minnesota competition is the pageant that selects the representative for the state of Minnesota in the Miss America pageant. Women from Minnesota have won the Miss America crown on three occasions. The most recent was Gretchen Carlson in 1989.


Year Name Hometown Age Local Title Miss America Talent Placement at Miss America Special scholarships at Miss America Notes
2015 Rachel Latuff Minneapolis 24 Miss Olmsted County Contemporary Ribbon Dance "Out of the Woods" Contestant at National Sweetheart 2014
2014 Savannah Cole Brainerd 19 Miss Southern Valley Vocal "The House of the Rising Sun"
2013 Rebecca Yeh Nisswa 20 Miss Northwest Violin "Scherzo Tarantella" by Henryk Wieniawski 4th runner-up Preliminary Talent Award, Louanne Gamba Instrumental Award
2012 Siri Joy Freeh Lake Park 22 Miss Northwest Lyrical Dance "Make Us One"
2011 Natalie Davis[1] Dassel 21 Miss Mankato Vocal "Unexpected Song" Quality of Life Finalist Miss Minnesota's Outstanding Teen 2006, Contestant at National Sweetheart 2009
2010 Kathryn Knuttila Detroit Lakes 23 Miss Twin Cities Original Piano Composition "Quintessence" Quality of Life Finalist, Non-finalist Talent Award, Louanne Gamba Instrumental Award Sister of Miss Minnesota 2001 Kari Knuttila
2009 Brooke Kilgarriff Eagan 20 Miss Twin Cities Vocal "Somebody to Love" Non-finalist Talent Award, Quality of Life Finalist
2008 Angela McDermott[2] Austin 24 Miss Twin Cities Vocal "You Don't Own Me"
2007 Jennifer Hudspeth Apple Valley 23 Miss Mankato Vocal "Life of the Party" from The Wild Party Quality of Life Finalist Reporter for Mankato, Minnesota News Station
2006 Nicole Swanson Lakeville 24 Miss Twin Cities Classical Viola "Etude Speciale Opus 36, No. 29 - The Gossip" by Jacques Féréol Mazas Non-finalist Talent Award Minnesota's Junior Miss 2001
2005 Karyn Stordahl Owatonna 24 Miss Heart of the Lakes Classical Piano Medley "Malagueña", "Prelude in G minor", "Fantaisie-Impromptu", & "Clair de Lune" Non-finalist Talent Award Married to NFL player Ben Utecht
2004 Tiffany Ogle Waverly 24 Miss Metropolitan Broadway Vocal "Nothing" from A Chorus Line Co-host of morning show The Morning Blend for Milwaukee's WTMJ-TV
2003 Megan Torgerson Warren 23 Miss Coon Rapids Classical Vocal "Una Voce Poco Fa" from The Barber of Seville Pastor in Saint Paul, Minnesota; Freelance writer
2002 Allyson Kearns Eden Prairie 22 Miss Twin Cities Dance "I Hope I Get It" from A Chorus Line Works for Harpo Productions
2001 Kari Knuttila Detroit Lakes 21 Miss Twin Cities Classical Piano "Sonata in B Minor" Sister of Miss Minnesota 2010
2000 Katherine Hill Wayzata 23 Miss Twin Cities Vocal / Piano "All by Myself"
1999 Natalie Lund New Brighton 21 Miss Central Minnesota Tap Dance "Shout And Feel It" Returned for Judges Panel at Miss Minnesota 2009
1998 Megan West Litchfield 22 Miss Winona Vocal "I'm Afraid This Must Be Love"
1997 Jennifer Ostergaard Winona 22 Miss Winona Dramatic Monologue "Clear Glass Marbles" from Talking With... Non-finalist Talent Award, Quality of Life Award Top 10 Outstanding Young Minnesotan, Top 20 Outstanding Young American, Pediatric Clinical Psychologist
1996 Sherry Johnson Owatonna 22 Miss Winona Vocal "Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart"
1995 Paula Knoll Moorhead 22 Miss Northwest Classical Violin "Csárdás" Waterford Business Management & Marketing Award
1994 Eileen Van Driest Winona 23 Miss Cottage Grove Classical Flute Solo
1993 Shawna Stoltenberg Coon Rapids 24 Miss Stillwater Classical Piano Piece by Aram Khachaturian Non-finalist Talent Award
1992 Jo Bender Rochester 23 Miss Rochester Fiddle Medley "Dixie", "Tennessee River", & "Orange Blossom Special" Non-finalist Talent Award Meteorologist, KSTP-TV Minneapolis, Hosted Miss Minnesota's Outstanding Teen 2009
1991 Julie Richardson Fridley 24 Miss Coon Rapids Vocal "Someone Like You" from Jekyll & Hyde
1990 Brenda Armstrong Albert Lea 19 Miss Albert Lea Harp Solo "La Source" by Alphonse Hasselmans
1989 Lynne Schacher East Grand Forks 25 Miss Metropolitan Ballet / Jazz Dance "Merrily We Roll Along" Works as an on-air show host for ShopHQ
1988 Susan Johnson* Miss Mankato
Gretchen Elizabeth Carlson Anoka 22 Miss Cottage Grove Classical Violin "Zigeunerweisen" Winner Preliminary Talent Award Co-host of Fox & Friends
1987 Katherine Killen Owatonna 20 Miss Owatonna Vocal "Tonight"
1986 Kristine Fouks Stillwater 23 Miss White Bear Lake Vocal Placed as 1st runner-up in the state pageant but assumed the title after the original winner resigned
1985 Elizabeth Hunter Austin 21 Miss Austin Semi-classical Vocal "Love Is Where You Find It"
1984 Lauren Susan Green Minneapolis 26 Miss Twin Cities Piano Solo "Étude Op. 10, No. 4 in C-Sharp Minor" 3rd runner-up Preliminary Talent Award Morning newscaster for Fox News Channel
1983 Vicki Plaster Saint Paul 23 Miss Twin Cities Vocal Medley "Just You Wait" & "I Could Have Danced All Night" from My Fair Lady
1982 Laurie Saarinen Osage 21 Miss Park Rapids Vocal "My Man" Top 10 Miss North Dakota USA 1981
1981 Elizabeth Ruyak Mankato 20 Miss Mankato Piano "Fantaisie-Impromptu"
1980 Debra Goodwin Austin 20 Miss Austin Classical Piano Preliminary Swimsuit Award, Non-finalist Talent Award
1979 Debra Ann Nerby Rochester 24 Miss Byron Vocal "Who Can I Turn To?"
1978 Sue Erickson Coon Rapids 19 Miss Coon Rapids Vocal "With a Song in My Heart" Preliminary Swimsuit Award
1977 Kim Fossey Austin 20 Miss Austin Popular Vocal "Mister Melody"
1976 Mary Nelson* Miss Winona
Dorothy Kathleen Benham Edina 20 Miss South St. Paul Classical Vocal "Adele's Laughing Song" from Die Fledermaus Winner Preliminary Swimsuit Award; Preliminary Talent Award
1975 Kerri Thorne White Bear Lake 19 Miss White Bear Lake Flute Solo "Swingin' Shepherd Blues" by Moe Koffman
1974 Pam Bernhagen Bloomington 20 Miss Bloomington Acrobatic Jazz Ballet "Fiddler on the Roof" Sister of Miss Minnesota 1971
1973 Joleen Benoit Farmington 19 Miss Shakopee Vocal / Guitar "Danny's Song" Toured with Miss America USO Troupe
1972 Linda Hagen Hampton 22 Miss Saint Paul Popular Vocal "Who Will Buy?" from Oliver!
1971 Sheila Bernhagen Bloomington 19 Miss Bloomington Acrobatic Jazz Ballet "Flim Flam Man" Top 10
1970 Juliana Gabor South St. Paul 20 Miss South St. Paul Popular Vocal "My Coloring Book" Died from Cancer in 2009, moment of silence in her honor at State pageant.
1969 Judy Mendenhall Edina 18 Miss Edina Flute Solo "The Swiss Shepherd's Song" by Pietro Morlacchi 4th runner-up Preliminary Talent Award
1968 Mary Williams Minneapolis 20 Miss St. Anthony Village Tap Dance "Wall Street Rag" by Scott Joplin
1967 Charlotte Sims Saint Paul 19 Miss Roseville Acrobatic Dance "Ebb Tide" Top 10 Contestant at Miss Teenage America 1964, Toured with Miss America USO Troupes in 1968 & 1969
1966 Diane Lindgren Saint Paul 19 Miss White Bear Lake Folk Singing & Guitar
1965 Jeanne Ruth Saint Paul 18 Miss Saint Paul Interpretive Jazz Dance "West Side Story"
1964 Barbara Hasselberg Bloomington 21 Miss Bloomington Medley of Authentic Polynesian Dances "Hawaiian War Chant" 4th runner-up Preliminary Talent Award Contestant at Miss Wool of America 1964
1963 Sharon Carnes Saint Paul Miss Saint Paul Vocal "Love Is Where You Find It" from The Kissing Bandit
1962 Judith Lerstad Bloomington 22 Miss Bloomington Alto & Bass Saxophone Medley "Harlem Nocturne", "Misty", & "Hubcaps & Tailgates"
1961 Nancee Parkinson West St. Paul 18 Miss West St. Paul Modern Calypso Jazz Dance 4th runner-up Preliminary Swimsuit Award
1960 Jean Elverum Faribault 22 Miss Faribault Vocal "Romany Life" from The Fortune Teller
1959 Judy Olson Albert Lea 19 Miss Albert Lea Modern Dance
1958 Diane Albers Saint Paul Miss Saint Paul Piano "Allegro de Concierto" by Enrique Granados
1957 Ardyce Gustafson Saint Paul Miss Saint Paul Vocal Medley from My Fair Lady
1956 Marie Miller Winona Miss Winona Vocal "Batti Batti o bel Masette" from Don Giovanni As of 2014 Marie Miller Carroll lives near Ponchatoula, Louisiana.
1955 Marlyse Reed Fairmont Miss Fairmont Dramatic Monologue "L'Aiglon"
1954 Jeanne Reince Winona Miss Winona Classical Vocal
1953 Idell Hulin Minneapolis Miss Minneapolis Vocal
1952 Carole Wick Duluth Miss Duluth Vocal
1951 Katherine Clark Minneapolis Miss Minneapolis Classical Vocal "The Jewel Song" from Faust
1950 Jeanne Traun Minneapolis Miss Minneapolis Vocal
1949 Gloria Burkhart Minneapolis Miss Minneapolis Violin "Zigeunerweisen" Top 15 Preliminary Talent Award
1948 Jean Sheils* Miss Edina
BeBe Shopp Hopkins 18 Miss Hopkins Vibraharp "Caprice Viennois" by Fritz Kreisler Winner Preliminary Swimsuit Award
1947 Elaine Campbell Minneapolis Miss Minneapolis Classical Vocal "Je Veux Vivre" from Roméo et Juliette 1st runner-up Preliminary Talent Award
1946 Rosemarie Gregg Saint Paul Miss Saint Paul
1945 Arlene Anderson Minneapolis Miss Minneapolis Vocal / Marimba "Ah! Sweet Mystery of Life" from Naughty Marietta 4th runner-up Preliminary Talent Award
1944 Patricia Cummings Minneapolis Hula Top 12
1943 Florence Hunton Minneapolis Dramatic Reading "Désirée’s Baby" Top 10
1942 Jane Groerner Minneapolis
1941 Patricia Tiets Minneapolis
1940 Virginia Kepler Minneapolis
1939 Marion Rudeen Minneapolis Acro Dance Top 15 Preliminary Talent Award
1938 Avis Darrow Duluth
1937 Cecelia Rodge Minneapolis
1936 Irene Martineau Minneapolis Miss Minneapolis
1935 Mildred Barrett Marshall
1927 No Miss Minnesota Sylvia Irene Brenner competed as Miss Minneapolis.
1926 No Miss Minnesota Florence Fuller competed as Miss Duluth and Helen Katherine Douglas competed as Miss Minneapolis.
1925 No Miss Minnesota Lucille McGinty competed as Miss Minneapolis and finished as a Finalist. Dorothy Bastyr competed as Miss Saint Paul.

* Succeeded to the crown after Miss Minnesota won Miss America


  1. ^ "Miss Minnesota Crowned in Eden Prairie". KSAX-TV. June 19, 2011. 
  2. ^ Ruzek, Tim (2008-06-16). "Austin native wins Miss Minnesota pageant". Post-Bulletin. Retrieved 2008-06-17. 

External links

  • Miss Minnesota official website
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