Area News | Home | Marketplace | Community

Return to Archived Stories

Paynesville Press - March 2, 2005

Two locals vying to become Stearns County Dairy Princesses

Melissa Kolb, a 2003 PAHS grad, and Kristi Utsch, a senior at PAHS this year, will try to become Stearns County Dairy Princesses on Saturday, March 5.

The 51st annual competition will be held at the Freeport Community Center with dinner at 7:30 p.m. and the coronation around 9 p.m. Ten princesses will be crowned and the other candidates will become dairy ambassadors.

Melissa KolbKolb (at right) is the daughter of John and Theresa Kolb who farm in Zion Township near St. Martin. She was involved in FFA, 4-H, FLA, and BPA in high school and has been involved in the Post Secondary Ag Student Organization since 2003 and Phi Theta Kappa since 2004.

She has placed in various ag and dairy competitions at the collegiate level and plans to earn diplomas in dairy management in 2005, in ag business in 2006, and in administrative assistant in 2007 and hopes to become an assistant herd manager.

Of all the dairy products, Melissa compares herself to milk because it is the closest thing to the dairy farmer and the cows of Stearns County. Milk is the beginning of all dairy products, and it goes with everything, and Melissa believes that working together is one of the best qualities.

She is sponsored by First District Association.

Kristi UtschUtsch (at left) is the daughter of Ken and Shirley Utsch who farm in Spring Hill and St. Martin townships. At PAHS, Kristi has been involved in German Club, National Honor Society, softball, peer tutors, peer helpers, and FFA, where she placed first in a livestock judging contest.

Kristi plans to attend a four-year university and major in nursing. She hopes to become a registered nurse, licensed to work in pediatrics, and hopes eventually to live on a hobby farm. In her free time, she likes to help on the farm, spend time with friends and family, watch movies, bike, go on long walks, and travel to meet new cultures.

Kristi compares herself to American cheese because it is basic and simple and can turn something ordinary into something great. It is also good and wholesome, just like she is.

Her sponsor is Jim's Electric Service in Greenwald.

Contact the author at   •   Return to News Menu

Home | Marketplace | Community