I was remiss in not sharing the video from the crowning of Miss Minnesota 2018 two weeks ago. For the fourth consecutive year I had the honor of co-emceeing the festivities, though this year was quite unique. We were running parallel to the Miss MN competition the Miss Minnesota's Outstanding Teen pageant, which made for a lot of activity backstage. Thankfully, there was a separate emcee for the Teen competition.
Anyhow, the video for both Teen and Miss being crowned.
Before the pageant, I had a short list of three young ladies whom I felt had a legitimate chance to win. All three placed in the Top 5 with Michaelene Karlen (who was on said short list) being crowned. And as has been the tradition in my time as emcee, the new Miss MN makes her first media appearance on my radio program less than 24 hours after her crowning.
Sure, Michaelene is a beautiful young lady. But her talent is top notch. She is actually a professional ballerina dancer, for which she earned the overall talent award in night one of preliminary competition. There's no doubt in my mind that she should, at the very minimum, be among the top 15 at Miss America in September.
Regardless, Michaelene will be a tremendous ambassador for our state and I look forward to all she will accomplish over the next 50 weeks.