Kaylee Unverzagt, Miss Minnesota USA 2008
Miss Minnesota USA competition is the pageant that selects the representative for the state of Minnesota in the Miss USA pageant.
Despite a strong start in the first three years of competition at Miss USA, Minnesota has been only mildly successful overall. In more recent years Minnesota has twice received recognition with the
Miss Photogenic award.
Barbara Peterson was the first Miss Minnesota USA to be crowned Miss USA (in 1976), and was also the first Miss USA to be unplaced at Miss Universe. Her sister Polly Peterson was Miss Minnesota USA 1981. [1 ]
Results summary [ edit ]
Placements [ edit ]
Winners: Barbara Peterson (1976)
2nd runners-up: Deborah Cossette (1977)
3rd runners-up: Lanore Van Buren (2002)
4th runners-up: Kari Lee Johnson (1985)
Top 6: Angelique de Maison (1995)
Top 10: Carla Peterson (1980) '
Top 11/12: Jolene Stravrakis (1994)
Top 15: Jodell Stirmlinger (1952), Mary Ann Papke (1953), Dawn Joyce (1954), Kaylee Unverzagt (2008), Erica Nego (2009)
Top 20: Haley O'Brien (2014)
Winners [ edit ]
1 Placement at Miss USA
Special awards at Miss USA
2014 Haley O'Brien
Miss Minnesota Teen USA 2010; previously Miss Collegiate America 2012
2013 Danielle Hooper
Inver Grove Heights 20
2012 Nitaya Panemalaythong
2011 Brittany Thelemann
2010 Courtney Basara
Top 15 (12th place)
Miss Universe Ghana 2011
2008 Kaylee Unverzagt
Top 15 (15th place)
Alla Ilushka Eden Prairie
Miss Minnesota Teen USA 2002, top 10 at Miss Teen USA 2002
Dottie Cannon [3 ]
Miss Photogenic Previously
Miss Minnesota Teen USA 1996
2002 Lanore Van Buren
Bluepoint Apparel Swimsuit and Fitness Award
2001 Anne Marie Clausen
Golden Valley 23
Mrs. Minnesota United States 2011, top 10 at nationals under the name Anne Marie Moore
2000 Paige Swenson
Miss Minnesota Teen USA 1994, placed 13th at Nationals
1999 Crystal Vandenberg
Brooklyn Center 19
1998 Josan Hengen
Eden Prairie/ Circle Pines 19
1997 Melissa Hall
Later Mrs. Minnesota America 2004 and Top 10 semi-finalist at
Mrs. America 2004 under her married name, Melissa Young. [5 ]
1996 Karin Smith
Brooklyn Park 25
Contestant on ABC-TV "The Bachelor"
1995 Angelique de Maison
St. Louis Park
Top 6 Finalist (5th place)
1994 Jolene Stravrakis
Top 12 Semifinalist (10th place)
Five years after briefly holding the title in 1988, Stravraki won the title again in her last year of eligibility after having her criminal record expunged.
1993 Kristi Bennecke
1992 Amber Rue
Completed her reign amid publicity about a "public lovers' quarrel involving allegations of coerced sex, extortion, fraud and defamation of character".
1991 April Herke
4th Runner-Up in Miss Oktoberfest 1990
1990 Janet Tveita
Semi-Finalist in 1987 and 1988, won crown in 1989 at age 22
2nd Runner-Up to Bolich, replaced Stavrakis. She was crowned less than a month before she competed in the Miss USA pageant.
Bolich's 1st Runner-Up and replacement. Resigned days later after she too revealed she had pleaded guilty to shoplifting in 1986.
Reigned from November 1987 - February 1988, resigned after she was arrested for shoplifting.
South St. Paul
Kari Lee Johnson
Polly Peterson Edina
Sister of Miss Minnesota USA 1976 and Miss USA 1976 Barbara Peterson; 2nd Runner-Up in the 1976 Miss Teenage America Pageant
Top 12 Semifinalist (12th place)
Cynthia Sue Lee
Miss USA 1976
Miss Universe 1976
Betty Ann Brewer
Elizabeth Jane Carroll
Mary Margaret Ford
Sally Ann Colombo
Top 19 Semi-Finalist
Mary Ann Papke
Top 20 Semi-Finalist
Top 10 Semi-Finalist
1 Age at the time of the Miss USA pageant
References [ edit ]
^ a b Furst, Randy (1988-02-11). "3rd Miss Minnesota-USA has `nothing to hide '". Star-Tribune Newspaper of the Twin Cities Mpls.-St. Paul. p. 01A.
^ "Danielle Hooper Crowned Miss Minnesota USA 2013". Beauty Pageant News. November 26, 2012 . Retrieved January 26, 2013.
^ Francis, Delma (2006-04-17). "Ambition takes local woman to Baltimore; Miss Minnesota USA, Dottie Cannon of Eagan, is competing Friday in the Miss USA pageant.". Star-Tribune. p. 10E.
^ "New Miss Minnesota-USA, Miss Minnesota Teen USA crowned" (Press release). Associated Press. 1998-11-30.
^ "2004 Mrs America" . Retrieved July 9, 2010.
^ Blake, Laurie (1993-11-11). "Miss Minnesota USA reaches crown and glory again // Five years ago she had to forfeit her title". Star-Tribune Newspaper of the Twin Cities Mpls.-St. Paul. p. 03B.
^ Freeborn, Dan (1992-11-19). "She's got her cap set for an education // `No. 1 priority is school,' says Miss Minnesota USA". Star-Tribune Newspaper of the Twin Cities Mpls.-St. Paul. p. 07B.
^ McAuliffe, Bill (1992-11-02). "Public lovers' quarrel mars Miss Minnesota USA's reign // Couple traded lawsuits alleging coerced sex, extortion". Star-Tribune Newspaper of the Twin Cities Mpls.-St. Paul. p. 01B.
^ Krattenmaker, Tom (1988-02-10). "Second Beauty Queen Withdraws Over Shoplifting". Associated Press.
^ "Shoplifting Suspect Won't Be Miss USA". San Francisco Chronicle. 1988-02-09. p. A2.
External links [ edit ]