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One of 12 finalists to be crowned Princess Kay before State Fair

ST. JOSEPH -- This year's finalists for the title of Princess Kay of the Milky Way were announced May 20.

The 12 young women from dairy farm backgrounds were selected at the conclusion of a three-day event for county dairy princesses held in St. Joseph. Each of the 12 will be sculpted in butter during the 2012 Minnesota State Fair. Princess Kay is crowned each year the night before the State Fair opens.

The finalists include:

Kelsey Buss, 20, Hutchinson, representing McLeod County, daughter of Kevin and Lori Buss;

Valerie Grimm, 18, Waconia, representing Carver County, daughter of Joel and Barb Grimm;

Victoria Haler, 18, Waconia, representing Carver County, daughter of Rick Haler and Connie Haasken;

Meg Hintzen, 21, Carlos, representing Douglas County, daughter of Leonard and Jodi Hintzen;

Kirsten Meier, 19, Watkins, representing Stearns County, daughter of Vernon and Michelle Meier;

Laura Mesenburg, 19, Byron, representing Olmsted County, daughter of