Miss Minnesota

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Gretchen Carlson, Miss Minnesota 1988 and Miss America 1989, in 2006
Dorothy Benham, Miss Minnesota 1976 and Miss America 1977, during the Miss America USO show tour in Korea

The Miss Minnesota competition is the pageant that selects the representative for the state of Minnesota in the Miss America pageant. Women from Minnesota have won the Miss America crown on three occasions. The most recent winner was Gretchen Carlson in 1989.

Michaelene Karlen of Rochester was crowned Miss Minnesota 2018 on June 16, 2018 at Eden Prairie Performing Arts Center in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. She will compete for the title of Miss America 2019 on September 9, 2018 in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Results summary[edit]

The year in parentheses indicates the year of the Miss America competition the award/placement was garnered.


  • Miss America: BeBe Shopp (1948), Dorothy Benham (1977), Gretchen Carlson (1989)
  • 1st runners-up: Elaine Campbell (1947)
  • 2nd runners-up: N/A
  • 3rd runners-up: Lauren Susan Green (1985)
  • 4th runners-up: Arlene Anderson (1945), Nancee Parkinson (1962), Barbara Hasselberg (1965), Judy Mendenhall (1970), Rebecca Yeh (2014)
  • Top 10: Florence Hunton (1943), Charlotte Sims (1968), Sheila Bernhagen (1972), Laurie Saarinen (1983)
  • Top 12: Patricia Cummings (1944)
  • Top 15: Lucille McGinty (1925), Marion Rudeen (1939), Gloria Burkhart (1949), Michaelene Karlen (2019)


Preliminary awards[edit]

Non-finalist awards[edit]

  • Non-finalist Talent: Debra Goodwin (1981), Jo Bender (1993), Shawna Deeann Stoltenberg (1994), Jennifer Ostergaard (1998), Karyn Stordahl (2006), Nicole Swanson (2007), Brooke Kilgarriff (2010), Kathryn Knuttila (2011), Brianna Drevlow (2018)

Other awards[edit]

  • Miss Congeniality: Madeline Van Ert (2017)
  • Louanne Gamba Instrumental Award: Kathryn Knuttila (2011), Rebecca Yeh (2014)
  • Quality of Life Award Winners: Jennifer Ostergaard (1998)
  • Quality of Life Award Finalists: Jennifer Hudspeth (2008), Brooke Kilgarriff (2010), Kathryn Knuttila (2011), Natalie Davis (2012), Brianna Drevlow (2018)
  • Waterford Business Management & Marketing Award: Paula Knoll (1996)


  •      Declared as winner
  •      Ended as a runner-up
  •      Ended as a finalist or semi-finalist
Year Name Hometown Age Local Title Miss America Talent Placement at Miss America Special scholarships at Miss America Notes
2018 Michaelene Karlen[1] Rochester 23 Miss South Central Contemporary Ballet, "Symphony No. 3" by Philip Glass Top 15[2]
2017 Brianna Drevlow[3] Thief River Falls 23 Miss North Star Classical Piano, "Rhapsody in Blue" Non-finalist Talent Award[4]

Preliminary Talent Award[5]

Quality of Life Award Finalist[6]
2016 Madeline Van Ert[7] Rochester 19 Miss River Valley Piano/Vocal "What a Wonderful World" Miss Congeniality[8] Top 10 at National Sweetheart 2015
2015 Rachel Latuff[9] Hastings 24 Miss Olmsted County Contemporary Ribbon Dance "Out of the Woods" Contestant at National Sweetheart 2014
2014 Savannah Cole[10] Brainerd 19 Miss Southern Valley Vocal "The House of the Rising Sun"
2013 Rebecca Yeh[11] Nisswa 20 Miss Northwest Violin "Scherzo Tarantella" by Henryk Wieniawski 4th runner-up Louanne Gamba Instrumental Award

Preliminary Talent Award
2012 Siri Freeh[12] Lake Park 22 Miss Northwest Lyrical Dance "Make Us One"
2011 Natalie Davis[13] Dassel 21 Miss Mankato Vocal "Unexpected Song" Quality of Life Award Finalist Previously Miss Minnesota's Outstanding Teen 2006
Contestant at National Sweetheart 2009
2010 Kathryn Knuttila[14] Detroit Lakes 23 Miss Twin Cities Original Piano Composition "Quintessence" Louanne Gamba Instrumental Award

Non-finalist Talent Award

Quality of Life Award Finalist
Sister of Miss Minnesota 2001, Kari Knuttila[14]
2009 Brooke Kilgarriff Eagan 20 Miss Twin Cities Vocal "Somebody to Love" Non-finalist Talent Award

Quality of Life Award Finalist
2008 Angela McDermott[15][16] Austin 24 Miss Twin Cities Vocal, "You Don't Own Me"
2007 Jennifer Hudspeth[17] Apple Valley 23 Miss Mankato Vocal, "Life of the Party" from The Wild Party Quality of Life Award Finalist
2006 Nicole Swanson Lakeville 24 Miss Twin Cities Classical Viola "Etude Speciale Opus 36, No. 29 - The Gossip" by Jacques Féréol Mazas Non-finalist Talent Award
2005 Karyn Stordahl Owatonna 24 Miss Heart of the Lakes Classical Piano Medley "Malagueña", "Prelude in G minor", "Fantaisie-Impromptu", & "Clair de Lune" Non-finalist Talent Award Married to NFL player Ben Utecht[18]
2004 Tiffany Ogle Waverly 24 Miss Metropolitan Broadway Vocal "Nothing" from A Chorus Line Co-host of morning show The Morning Blend for Milwaukee's WTMJ-TV[19]
2003 Megan Torgerson Warren 23 Miss Coon Rapids Classical Vocal "Una Voce Poco Fa" from The Barber of Seville
2002 Allyson Kearns Eden Prairie 22 Miss Twin Cities Dance "I Hope I Get It" from A Chorus Line
2001 Kari Knuttila Detroit Lakes 21 Miss Twin Cities Classical Piano "Sonata in B Minor" Sister of Miss Minnesota 2010, Kathryn Knuttila[14]
2000 Katherine Hill Wayzata 23 Miss Twin Cities Vocal / Piano "All by Myself"
1999 Natalie Lund New Brighton 21 Miss Central Minnesota Tap Dance "Shout And Feel It"
1998 Megan West Litchfield 22 Miss Winona Vocal "I'm Afraid This Must Be Love"
1997 Jennifer Ostergaard Winona 22 Miss Winona Dramatic Monologue "Clear Glass Marbles" from Talking With... Non-finalist Talent Award

Quality of Life Award Winner
1996 Sherry Johnson Owatonna 22 Miss Winona Vocal "Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart"
1995 Paula Knoll Moorhead 22 Miss Northwest Classical Violin "Csárdás" Waterford Business Management & Marketing Award
1994 Eileen Kay Van Driest Winona 23 Miss Cottage Grove Classical Flute Solo
1993 Shawna Deeann Stoltenberg Coon Rapids 24 Miss Stillwater Classical Piano Piece by Aram Khachaturian Non-finalist Talent Award
1992 Jo Bender Rochester 23 Miss Rochester Fiddle Medley "Dixie", "Tennessee River", & "Orange Blossom Special" Non-finalist Talent Award
1991 Julie Richardson Fridley 24 Miss Coon Rapids Vocal "Someone Like You" from Jekyll & Hyde
1990 Brenda Armstrong Albert Lea 19 Miss Albert Lea Harp Solo "La Source" by Alphonse Hasselmans
1989 Lynne Schacher East Grand Forks 25 Miss Metropolitan Ballet / Jazz Dance "Merrily We Roll Along"
1988 Susan Johnson Miss Mankato
2nd runner-up at Miss Minnesota 1988, assumed the title after Carlson became Miss America 1989 and the 1st runner-up declined the title.
Gretchen Carlson[20] Anoka 22 Miss Cottage Grove Classical Violin "Zigeunerweisen" Winner Preliminary Talent Award Chairwoman of the Miss America Board of Directors
Filed a lawsuit against then Fox News Chairman and CEO, Roger Ailes, claiming sexual harassment, which eventually was settled for $20 million[21][22]
Former co-host of Fox & Friends and anchor of The Real Story with Gretchen Carlson[23][23]
1987 Katherine Killen Owatonna 20 Miss Owatonna Vocal "Tonight"
1986 Kristine Fouks Stillwater 23 Miss White Bear Lake Vocal Placed as 1st runner-up in the state pageant, assumed the title after original winner Lisa Phyliky resigned due to a knee injury.[24][25]
Lisa Phyliky
Resigned due to knee injury
1985 Elizabeth Hunter Austin 21 Miss Austin Semi-classical Vocal "Love Is Where You Find It"
1984 Lauren Susan Green Minneapolis 26 Miss Twin Cities Piano Solo "Étude Op. 10, No. 4 in C-Sharp Minor" 3rd runner-up Preliminary Talent Award
1983 Vicki Plaster Saint Paul 23 Miss Twin Cities Vocal Medley "Just You Wait" & "I Could Have Danced All Night" from My Fair Lady
1982 Laurie Saarinen Osage 21 Miss Park Rapids Vocal "My Man" Top 10 Previously Miss North Dakota USA 1981
1981 Elizabeth Ruyak Mankato 20 Miss Mankato Piano "Fantaisie-Impromptu"
1980 Debra Goodwin Austin 20 Miss Austin Classical Piano Non-finalist Talent Award

Preliminary Swimsuit Award
1979 Debra Ann Nerby Rochester 24 Miss Byron Vocal "Who Can I Turn To?"
1978 Sue Erickson Coon Rapids 19 Miss Coon Rapids Vocal "With a Song in My Heart" Preliminary Swimsuit Award
1977 Kim Fossey Austin 20 Miss Austin Popular Vocal "Mister Melody"
1976 Mary Nelson Miss Winona
Assumed the title after Dorothy Benham became Miss America 1977
Dorothy Benham Edina 20 Miss South St. Paul Classical Vocal "Adele's Laughing Song" from Die Fledermaus Winner Preliminary Swimsuit Award

Preliminary Talent Award
1975 Kerri Thorne White Bear Lake 19 Miss White Bear Lake Flute Solo "Swingin' Shepherd Blues" by Moe Koffman
1974 Pam Bernhagen Bloomington 20 Miss Bloomington Acrobatic Jazz Ballet "Fiddler on the Roof" Sister of Miss Minnesota 1971, Sheila Bernhagen
1973 Joleen Benoit Farmington 19 Miss Shakopee Vocal / Guitar "Danny's Song" Toured with Miss America USO Troupe
1972 Linda Hagen Hampton 22 Miss Saint Paul Popular Vocal "Who Will Buy?" from Oliver!
1971 Sheila Bernhagen Bloomington 19 Miss Bloomington Acrobatic Jazz Ballet "Flim Flam Man" Top 10 Sister of Miss Minnesota 1974, Pam Bernhagen
1970 Juliana Gabor South St. Paul 20 Miss South St. Paul Popular Vocal "My Coloring Book"
1969 Judy Mendenhall Edina 18 Miss Edina Flute Solo "The Swiss Shepherd's Song" by Pietro Morlacchi 4th runner-up Preliminary Talent Award
1968 Mary Williams Minneapolis 20 Miss St. Anthony Village Tap Dance "Wall Street Rag" by Scott Joplin
1967 Charlotte Sims Saint Paul 19 Miss Roseville Acrobatic Dance "Ebb Tide" Top 10 Toured with Miss America USO Troupes in 1968 and 1969
1966 Diane Lindgren Saint Paul 19 Miss White Bear Lake Folk Singing & Guitar
1965 Jeanne Ruth Saint Paul 18 Miss Saint Paul Interpretive Jazz Dance "West Side Story"
1964 Barbara Hasselberg Bloomington 21 Miss Bloomington Medley of Authentic Polynesian Dances "Hawaiian War Chant" 4th runner-up Preliminary Talent Award
1963 Sharon Carnes Saint Paul Miss Saint Paul Vocal "Love Is Where You Find It" from The Kissing Bandit
1962 Judith Lerstad Bloomington 22 Miss Bloomington Alto & Bass Saxophone Medley "Harlem Nocturne", "Misty", & "Hubcaps & Tailgates"
1961 Nancee Parkinson West St. Paul 18 Miss West St. Paul Modern Calypso Jazz Dance 4th runner-up Preliminary Swimsuit Award
1960 Jean Elverum Faribault 22 Miss Faribault Vocal "Romany Life" from The Fortune Teller
1959 Judy Olson Albert Lea 19 Miss Albert Lea Modern Dance
1958 Diane Albers Saint Paul Miss Saint Paul Piano "Allegro de Concierto" by Enrique Granados
1957 Ardyce Gustafson Saint Paul Miss Saint Paul Vocal Medley from My Fair Lady
1956 Marie Miller Winona Miss Winona Vocal "Batti Batti o bel Masette" from Don Giovanni
1955 Marlyse Reed Fairmont Miss Fairmont Dramatic Monologue "L'Aiglon"
1954 Jeanne Reince Winona Miss Winona Classical Vocal
1953 Idell Hulin Minneapolis Miss Minneapolis Vocal
1952 Carole Wick Duluth Miss Duluth Vocal
1951 Katherine Clark Minneapolis Miss Minneapolis Classical Vocal "The Jewel Song" from Faust
1950 Jeanne Traun Minneapolis Miss Minneapolis Vocal
1949 Gloria Burkhart Minneapolis Miss Minneapolis Violin "Zigeunerweisen" Top 15 Preliminary Talent Award
1948 Jean Sheils Miss Edina
Assumed the title after Shopp became Miss America 1948
BeBe Shopp Hopkins 18 Miss Hopkins Vibraharp "Caprice Viennois" by Fritz Kreisler Winner Preliminary Swimsuit Award
1947 Elaine Campbell Minneapolis Miss Minneapolis Classical Vocal "Je Veux Vivre" from Roméo et Juliette 1st runner-up Preliminary Talent Award
1946 Rosemarie Gregg Saint Paul Miss Saint Paul
1945 Arlene Anderson Minneapolis Miss Minneapolis Vocal / Marimba "Ah! Sweet Mystery of Life" from Naughty Marietta 4th runner-up Preliminary Talent Award
1944 Patricia Cummings Minneapolis Hula Top 12
1943 Florence Hunton Minneapolis Dramatic Reading "Désirée’s Baby" Top 10
1942 Jane Groerner Minneapolis
1941 Patricia Tiets Minneapolis
1940 Virginia Kepler Minneapolis
1939 Marion Rudeen Minneapolis Acro Dance Top 15 Preliminary Talent Award
1938 Avis Darrow Duluth
1937 Cecelia Rodge Minneapolis
1936 Irene Martineau Minneapolis Miss Minneapolis
1935 Mildred Barrett Marshall
No Minnesota representative at Miss America pageant
1927 Sylvia Irene Brenner Minneapolis Miss Minneapolis Competed under local title at Miss America pageant
1926 Florence Fuller Duluth Miss Duluth Multiple Minnesota representatives

Contestants competed under local title at Miss America pageant
Helen Katherine Douglas Minneapolis Miss Minneapolis
1925 Lucille McGinty Minneapolis Miss Minneapolis Top 15 Multiple Minnesota representatives

Contestants competed under local title at Miss America pageant
Dorothy Bastyr Saint Paul Miss Saint Paul
No Minnesota representative at Miss America pageant


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