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Butcher takes home Miss Pine River crown

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Pine River-Backus (PR-B) senior Danielle Butcher took home the title of 2014 Miss Pine River and a $1,000 scholarship at “A Note-Able Evening” at PR-B High School.

Eight contestants vied for the crown at the 35th annual scholarship pageant sponsored by the Pine River Chamber of Commerce on Saturday, April 12, showcasing their talents and modeling in business attire and evening gowns.

Shannon Osier was crowned First Princess and Miss Congeniality, earning $450 toward schooling, and Candice Zackowski was crowned Second Princess and awarded a $300 scholarship.

Talents on display included kickboxing, singing performances, a clarinet performance, dancing, poetry, a speech and a video presentation about barrel racing.

Outgoing Miss Pine River Jamie Eastman and her court also put on a performance, and in a speech, Eastman expressed her appreciation to pageant chair Barb Klocke and her family for her chance to “feel like a princess.”

The event was emceed by Roger Hoplin and featured updates on each Miss Pine River of the past 34 years, 12 of whom attended in person.

Quinn Swanson of the Chamber presented a surprise award to Klocke and her husband, Al, honoring their 34 years of service and dedication to the pageant.

Other pageant participants included Kendra Findley, JoAnna Richards, Catherine Stagnaro and Ariel Ronneberg.

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Chelsey Perkins

Chelsey Perkins grew up in Crosslake and is a graduate of Pequot Lakes High School. She earned her bachelor's degree in professional journalism at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. Perkins interned at the Lake Country Echo and the Rochester and Austin Post-Bulletins, and also worked for the student-run Minnesota Daily newspaper as a copy editor and columnist during college. She went on to intern at Utne Reader magazine, where she was later hired as the research editor. Before becoming the community editor of the Brainerd Dispatch, Perkins worked as the county government beat reporter at the Dispatch and a staff writer for the Pineandlakes Echo Journal.

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