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Dairy princess finalists named

WILLMAR -- Two young women from Kandiyohi County are among the finalists for the title of Princess Kay of the Milky Way for 2009-2010.

The finalists, 12 in all, were announced Sunday, following a three-day judging event in St. Joseph. The Princess Kay contest is sponsored by the Midwest Dairy Association's Minnesota Division.

Among the finalists are Emily Schueler and Bethany Urban. Emily, 19, is the daughter of Jim and Sue Schueler of Raymond. Bethany, 19, is the daughter of Larry and Jean Urban of New London.

This year's contest drew about 80 applicants who either live on a dairy farm or work in the dairy industry.

Princess Kay will be chosen in August at the opening of the Minnesota State Fair. All 12 finalists will have their heads sculpted in butter while fair-goers watch. The butter sculptures are one of the key attractions at the State Fair.