MISS ST. LOUIS PARK
Information for this section was
provided by a variety of sources. Julie Haberman and Marti
Biegler of the organizing committee provided the modern-day
information. Most of the early information came from
accounts in the St. Louis Park Dispatch, which began
publication in November 1941. The Dispatch was an
avid reporter of the Miss St. Louis Park contest, devoting
many headlines to the candidates and winners. By all
means, please contact us with any corrections or additional
information - or stories of what it was like to be Miss St.
Miss Charlotte Furber, class of 1939, was crowned our
first Miss St. Louis Park. She recalls that the contest was
sponsored by businessmen, and that the candidate received
points when her supporters patronized those businesses.
Charlotte's attendants were Mary Anne Stoops,
Caroline Meluies, Barbara Diack, and Margaret Rodine.
Charlotte remembers participating in a parade down Nicollet
Avenue, accompanied by the St. Louis Park Marching Band.
There is an (unfortunately undated) Minneapolis Tribune
photo showing Charlotte (described as "Queen Nicollet") on a float,
parading to Nicollet Park to watch a Minneapolis Millers
baseball game. Earl Ainsworth was the chairman of the
"On to Nicollet" committee and Clifford J. Brown was
president of the SLP Business Men's Association.
Miss St. Louis Park was chosen in a ceremony at the Park Theater on July 10. The newspaper reported that due to the pressures of war, Park and Hopkins were the only two suburban villages taking part in the competition that year. "St. Louis Park Night" featured a horse show at the Pastime Riding Academy and music by the Park Municipal band.
Six contestants vied for the title of Miss. St. Louis Park. Judges came from the Aquatennial committee, and the coronation took place at the Park Theater between shows. Chosen was Yvonne Terrian, who was also named Queen of the Suburban Area over Miss Hopkins, the only other contestant. Attendants were Charlotte Hurd and Barbara Johnson. The contest took place around July 10. July 18 was St. Louis Park day at the Aquatennial, with the highlight being a horse show at the Pastime Arena. Our Queen’s float in the Aquatennial parade depicted a little house with a white picket fence. The Princesses were dressed as a Red Cross nurse and a Victory Aide. The “V for Victory Throne,” designed by LeRoy Swanson, won an honorable mention. Our new royalty was also honored at a ball at the Lilac Lanes Café, hosted by the St. Louis Park Business Men’s Association. Lydia Rogers was very active in organizing the events and float. Yvonne was one of 12 finalists for the Queen of the Lakes crown.
There appears to have been no Miss St. Louis Park, but two Park girls were contestants for Queen of the Lakes. Margaret Cary, a graduate of West High and sponsored by Munsingwear, and Elaine Campbell, sponsored by Radio City. The pageant was held at Theodore Wirth Pool on August 4, and there were either 8 or 15 contestants, depending on the account. Miss Cary won the contest, but when her fiancé came home from the war she abdicated her crown to get married. She was replaced by Nancy Thom.
Again there was no Miss St. Louis Park, but Park High
graduate Nancy Briscoe was a contestant for the Queen of the
No mention is made of St. Louis Park royalty in the Dispatch, although local girl Elaine Campbell was invited to ride of the Miami, Florida float in the Aquatennial. (See more on Miss Campbell in 1947.) In this year of the polio epidemic, the Village Council banned all public gatherings, carnivals, fairs, or entertainments until the danger of polio was past. There were no fireworks on the Fourth of July, the Fireman’s Carnival was postponed til fall, and school was delayed for two weeks. Four Park residents were killed by polio that year, starting with 15-year-old Henry Wittgraf.
Milton H. Kuhlman was the chairman of 1947’s Miss St. Louis Park committee. The six candidates met at the Park Theater for judging, but did not appear on stage. They were judged on charm, graciousness, and beauty. Judges were the mayors of three surrounding communities. Chosen Queen was red headed Ann DeMar, a Park High graduate sponsored by the American Legion. Her attendants were Louise Garborg (Pockrandt Lumber) and Beverlee Hamlet (Rotary). There was some controversy over Ann’s eligibility, since she lived on the Hopkins side of Texas Ave., but she did attend school in St. Louis Park so she was deemed eligible. On July 15 the Queen and her Princesses were presented at the Park Theater. Mayor O.B. Erickson presented the crown and a check for $100 to be used for Miss DeMar’s Queen of the Lakes contest wardrobe. Miss Park and other local queens were shown on the front page of the Dispatch on July 15. Queen Ann rode in the Aquatennial parade in a brand new 1948 Packard, provided by Mr. McKay of McKay Motors. The convertible, newest car in the parade, featured a plush interior and power windows.
The Miss St. Louis Park contest was sponsored by the St. Louis Park Women’s Club as the climax to their May Day Festival at Lenox Elementary School. The Festival was run as a fundraiser to buy playground equipment and warming houses in the village. Gerald Moore, VP of the Aquatennial Committee, was the m.c. of the coronation. Crowned queen was Virginia Hankins, who was studying "comptometry" at Felt and Farrant Manufacturing Co. in Minneapolis. [A comptometer was a precursor to the calculator, with about 100 keys, that could add, multiply, etc. Operators of this machine were known to become "lightning fast."] The Women’s Club provided Queen Virginia Hankins with a wardrobe in her quest to be Queen of the Lakes. Ladies-in-Waiting were Carol Bildsten and Louise Garborg. There were 9 other contestants.
For the second year, the Park Women’s Club sponsored a
Miss St. Louis Park pageant as part of their May Festival.
Activities of the Festival, held at the Junior High,
included ballroom dancing, card playing, and square dancing.
The coronation took place on May 21, and the winner was
Catherine Martin. Her attendants were Priscilla Brown and
Sylvia Rydland. There were 12 other contestants. Queen
Catherine received a $125 check from
Butter for her Queen of the Lakes contest wardrobe.
In an interview in the June 9, 1949 issue of the Echo, Katie
stated that if she had been a man, she would have chosen to
be a lawyer or a forest ranger. "However, because of
circumstances beyond her control, she'll settle for a
dramatic career in radio." Her favorite expression was
"Holy Joe!" As an Aquatennial Queen
candidate, Katie met celebrities like Bob Hope, Albin
Barkley, Hubert Humphrey, and Clellan Card. Her big
thrill was appearing on television. She was named
runner-up in the contest.
It came to the attention of Robert Hankins, father of 1945 Miss St. Louis Park Virginia Hankins, that Park would not be fielding a contestant in the Queen of the Lakes contest at the Aquatennial. In the June 21, 1950 edition of the Dispatch, he challenged businesses to step up to the plate and sponsor a young lady for the event. The Dispatch got on the bandwagon, and staff photographer Bob Jacobson put in a call to Clellan Card – Axel to you and me – who was chairman of the Queen of the Lakes contest. Card noted that one of the 40 candidates for the title dropped out, and that there was no representative from Park. The call was put out, and in two weeks 15 contestants and 15 sponsors were found, the sponsors pledging to provide $10 toward the winning girl’s wardrobe. In addition, Roy Walbom of Walbom’s dress shop vowed that Miss St. Louis Park would be the best dressed contestant, pledging a $200 wardrobe to the winner. The contestants were treated to a day at the Lake Minnetonka home of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Allen of Deephaven. They also enjoyed a lunch at McCarthy’s. The coronation was held on July 13 at the Park Theater between shows. The winner was Joan Johnson, sponsored by Minikahda Hardware. Joan was the granddaughter of Park entrepreneur Robert Johnson. Her attendants were Gayanne Barber, Georgia Clark, Mary Roplin, and Sylvia Rydland. The crown was provided by the Bridal Shop of Minneapolis, and Mayor O.B. Erickson made the suspense-filled announcement.
The Miss St. Louis Park pageant was sponsored by the
Chamber of Commerce, and was held on July 4 at Oak Hill
Park. The 13 Queen candidates were treated to a dinner at McCarthy’s, corsages, and a day at the Lake Minnetonka home
of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Walbom. There was also a dinner at
Jenning's with Naval ROTC midshipmen from the U of M
as escorts. Mayor O.B. Erickson crowned Miss Jean Rennie the winner.
Miss Rennie, sponsored by Park Drug, had previously been pinned the 1950 Orchid Queen
at the high school's Tropical Canteen.
The pageant was sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce and was held on July 4 at Oak Hill Park. For the first of many years, the 12 candidates were treated to dinner at the Dairy-Mor Drive-in, hosted by owner Bud Rodberg. Queen Joan Hancock, a championship swimmer and a dancer, won the crown. Her Princesses were Lois Sykora and Carolyn Motzko.
There were 17 candidates for the title of Miss St. Louis Park, sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce. After a dinner at Lilac Lanes Café, the candidates made their way to the Park Theater, where Pat Zimmerman was crowned between shows. Princesses were Jackie Hjermstad and Gayle Blichfeldt. Among the judges was Chick McKuen of WCCO-TV. Queen Pat was quite accomplished, and was quoted in the Dispatch thusly: “If I’d have been a boy I would have been a lawyer.” Times being what they were, she was currently employed as a secretary.
The Chamber of Commerce again sponsored the Miss St. Louis Park contest. One pre-contest event was “On to Nicollet Night,” the first since 1939. On June 25, Parkites, including Queen Pat and 12 contestants, caravanned to Nicollet Park (escorted by two squad cars and a fire truck) to see the Millers play the Columbus Redbirds. The girls also enjoyed a day at the Lake Minnetonka home of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Walbom on June 27. The contest took place on June 18. Judges, including local figure Mel Jass, dined with the candidates at Lilac Lanes Café before the ceremony at Park Theater. Chosen as Queen was Norma Thies: “She looks like Liz Taylor.” Norma did not grow up in Park, but was currently living at 41st and Salem. Her Princesses were Marlys Tchimperle and Pat Hoffman.
18 beautiful girls, including a set of twins, vied for the title of Miss St. Louis Park, as sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce. Pre-coronation activities included dinner at La Miracle Café, a trip to the Old Log Theater, and a day at Lake Minnetonka hosted by Mrs. Mabry Noxon, owner of the Pink Pony and chairman of the queen committee. After a banquet at Lilac Lanes, the ceremony was held between shows at the Park Theater on June 27. New queen Jayne Helsby hailed from England and came to the Park 4 years ago to live with her sister on Sunset Blvd. Ms. Helsby had also served as Engineers’ Day queen at the University of Minnesota. Park’s Princesses were Sheely Heimdahl and Carolyn Kumpula.
This year’s pageant was underwritten by Bud Rodberg,
owner of the Dairy-Mor Drive-in located north of Lilac
Lanes. Among the judges was WCCO-TV newscaster Chick McCuen.
14 candidates gathered at the Park Theater on July 1, where
Patty Franks was crowned Miss St. Louis Park. "Red Hair,
Baton Twirler, Steady Boy Friend, Golf, 36-24-35,
Chemistry...That's Patty Franks" read the news story. Her Princesses
were Judy Garber and Cynthia Zerban. Miss Franks was
employed at Betz Tots-to-Teens in Miracle Mile that summer.
Oh, and the boyfriend was Terry
Bartholme, whose sister Diane was also a contestant.
Prior to the coronation, contestants were treated to a
dinner at LaMiracle Dining, the play "He Was Born Gay" at
the Old Log Theater, a day of fun and sun on Lake
Minnetonka, and a coronation dinner at Lilac Lanes.
Fourteen candidates vied for the Miss St. Louis Park sash. The Dispatch helpfully published each girl’s weight, height, eye color, hair color, and oh, place of employment. The girl with the best name was Sandy Shore. After many pre-coronation activities such as a day at a house on Lake Minnetonka, the girls again met at the Park Theater on July 1, where the athletic Beverly Whittemore, a “pretty brunette cheerleader” according to the Dispatch, was crowned Queen. Her attendants were Maureen O’Rourke and Kathleen Mcourtney. Junior Royalty were Merry Smith and Michael Alan Schoenberger.
The Miss St. Louis Park pageant was again sponsored by Bud Rodberg. Queen Sharon Bigalke was crowned at the Park Theater in early July. Participating in the proceedings was Dale Woodley from WCCO’s “Popeye’s Clubhouse.” Sharon’s Princesses were Kathleen Kabrud and Louise Tilton. As the others before her, Sharon became one of 40 contestants for the Queen of the Lakes at the Minneapolis Aquatennial. For the sixth straight year, all 40 girls were treated to dinner at the Dairy-Mor, sponsored by owner Bud Rodberg. “Sharry,” a former Parkette and dance teacher, rode on the Royal Crown Cola float in the Torchlight Parade – the Parkettes also rode in the parade on a St. Louis Park fire truck. And, for the first and only time in recorded history, Miss St. Louis Park was chosen Queen of the Lakes. The Dispatch proclaimed “Our Sharon ‘Done’ It” and a quarter of a page was dedicated to her picture in the July 31 edition. Dorothy Stewart served as Chair of the event.
“10 Park Debs Vie For Title of Miss St. Louis Park,” announced the Dispatch. William Sandvig was the Chairman of the Mayor's Queen Committee. The ten finalists were treated to a play at the Old Log Theater courtesy of the Miracle Mile Merchants’ Association. They also enjoyed a luncheon at the Minneapolis Golf Club sponsored by H.Vance Rorbach of Park Lane Carpets. Other activities include a day at a home on Lake Minnetonka, dinner at Lilac Lanes Café, and a trip to the Dairy-Mor Drive-in. Final judging took place at Jennings Holiday Lodge on June 29. Mayor Lefler presented the crown to Carole Banbury, an 8-year championship ice skater and ballet dancer who attended Colorado College. Attendants were Carol Ellefson and Nancy Jo Wallace. Junior Queen was Linda Heiber, and Junior Commodore was David Spandle, both age 7. There were 26 original contestants.
This year also saw 10 finalists out of more than 30 contestants in a contest sponsored for the first time and thereafter by the Chamber of Commerce. The lucky ten, pictured in the June 23 edition of the Dispatch, enjoyed a day at the home of Irene and Roy Walbom on Lake Minnetonka, dinner at Lilac Lanes, lunch at the Foo Chu Café, chow at the Dairy-Mor Drive-in, and a tour of Park’s shopping centers. The coronation was held on June 25 at Park High, emceed by Jim Devine. The program included a trampoline exhibition, a number by the Parkettes, a song by Susan Alrich (Vocalist at the Lilac Lanes Café), and the coronation of the junior royalty. Miss St. Louis Park was Gail Nelson, and her attendants were Patricia Hoban and Sharon Mitchell. The Junior Queen was Becky Edmond, and the Junior Commodore was David Herzan. The new Miss St. Louis Park participated in the Aquatennial parade riding on a float that was sponsored by Citizens State Bank. Bank official Larry Solarz drove the float, which was built over an Army jeep.
10 finalists out of almost 30 contestants were given the royal treatment at Park Terrace, Perkins Pancake House, and the Sports and Health Club in May. The Chamber of Commerce sponsored the event, and also provided $150 to the winner for her Aquatennial wardrobe. Larry Solarz of Citizens State Bank was the Chairman of the contest. The coronation was held at the Park High Auditorium on May 20, emceed by Jim Devine. The event featured dancing by the Parkettes, music by Roger Eckers and his Rhythm Ramblers, and a duo of national champion accordion players. 1960 Queen Gail placed the crown on the head of Darlene Anderson. Also chosen were Princesses Deanna Kunzelman and Kay Knudson. Park Fire Chief Pete Williams won $50 for nominating the winning contestant.
The Chamber of Commerce had been wanting to move the Miss St. Louis Park contest to August, after Aquatennial, to give her more time to prepare for the Queen of the Lakes contest. But to do so would leave Park with no queen for the transitional year. But since Darlene Anderson was crowned Aqua Princess in 1961, making Deanna Kunzelman Miss St. Louis Park after the 1961 Aquatennial, Deanna was eligible to compete in the 1962 Aquatennial. Which she did, despite the fact that she had just earned her wings as a stewardess at Eastern Airlines.
The 1963 competition was again held in August, with 10 finalists enjoying a three-day round of restaurants, a boat ride, bowling, a TV appearance on WCCO’s “Around the Town,” a style show, a “Mobile Parade down main streets of St. Louis Park” (which would be where?), culminating at the coronation on August 12 at the Sr. High. Entertainment at the pageant included the Parkettes, singers, and an accordion duet. Miss Jane Veker became Miss. St. Louis Park, also serving as the Fire Department’s Flame Queen.
Out of 26 original contestants, 10 finalists were treated to a number of pre-contest activities, including a fashion show at the Ambassador Motor Hotel, which columnist Cork Williams deemed Miss America caliber. The contest was sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce. Co-Chairmen of the event were Mr. and Mrs. Gil Braun. A full page spread of all the candidates can be found in the August 13 edition of the Dispatch. The coronation took place at the High School, emceed by Jim Devine. It was billed as a variety show of local talent, featuring vocalist Patti Marker and comic Curtis Clayman, brother of semi-famous comic Danny Clayman. Also appearing were the Jaguars – Gary Oxman, Craig Schadow, and Steve and Bobby Rivkin. A group of seven girls did a dance number, but were not identified on the program as the Parkettes. Sharon Bigalke Siebert and 1963 Queen Jane Veker also appeared. Crowned Miss St. Louis Park was Ronna Lee Olson, with Princesses Karen Olsen and Patricia LaNore.
The Chamber of Commerce again sponsored the event, and Co-Chairmen were Leo Hughes and Bob Wolfe. Activities for the 10 finalists (out of 38 candidates – or was it 53?) included the usual meals, a workout at the Sports and Health Club, mini golf, a style show, and a cinerama movie at the Cooper Theater. On the day of the August 12 coronation, the queens were also in a convertible parade through town with fire and police escort. The competition was held at the High School, again emceed by Jim Devine. The program featured a modern interpretive dance from West Side Story, as performed by Miss Minnesota, Jeanne Marie Ruth, in preparation for the Miss America competition. Darlene Anderson, Miss St. Louis Park for 1961, sang and played guitar. Also performing were the Parkettes, the Rogues dance band, and singer Mr. Pat Pednarz. Back on the bill was Curtis Klayman, this time from Edina. Many of the candidates this year seemed to have addresses other than St. Louis Park, including the Queen, Julie Rochkes, who hailed from Edina and graduated from Holy Angels Academy. She was, however, employed and sponsored by Junior Miss at Knollwood Plaza. Princesses were Elizabeth Graeber and Linda Zuel. A dance at the King’s Inn followed the ceremony.
The Chamber of Commerce presented the Miss St. Louis Park contest, and the Queen was chosen at a ceremony on August 18 at the High School. The program featured MC Bob White from KRSI, visiting kings and queens, the Parkettes, the Parkette Go-Go Dancers, and the “Go-Go Sound of the Jaguars” (see 1964). Marilyn Field was chosen from 10 finalists, with runners-up Rochelle Malinsky and "vivacious" Nancy Levin. The requirements were that a young lady be a resident of St. Louis Park, be a high school graduate, be unmarried, and not over 24 years old. Presumably the young lady also had to be a young lady, a requirement that, like these others, was changed over the years.
Robin Hood Days was instituted by the Chamber of Commerce, taking place on August 13-19. The week of civic programs and parades was named for the Robin Hood Flour grain elevator on Highway 7 (demolished in 1968). Gene Schadow served as Richard the First, and Gil Braun as Robin Hood. Featured during the festival was the crowning of Miss St. Louis Park, who was now called Maid Marian. The ceremony, held on August 17 at the Park High Auditorium, was hosted by emcee Jim Devine. The Coronation Chairman was Bob Wolfe. Production assistance was provided by members of the St. Louis Park Community Theater. The Parkettes performed two numbers, and the Leo Fine Orchestra provided the music. Our first Maid Marian was Eloise Berg, chosen from a field of 37 contestants. Princesses Kathie Corcoran and Sheila Siegel were now called “ladies in waiting” in keeping with the festival’s Olde English theme. Coronation of the Junior Queen and Commodore was held on August 12 at the Central AV room. A note on the Maid Marian program indicates that pictures of the current and past Miss St. Louis Parks were on display at City Hall.
The Chamber of Commerce again produced Robin Hood Days, and Leo Hughes was the Regimental Commander in charge of Queens. Candidates were treated to ten pre-coronation activities, including the traditional Lake Minnetonka outing, this time hosted by Mr. and Mrs. Pat Corcoran (at the Hagen and Walbom homes). Other activities included a tea, bowling party, fashion show, parade, and dinner-dance. The coronation took place on August 15, once again emceed by Jim Devine. The ceremony featured two numbers by the Parkettes and a song from the St. Louis Park Community Theater’s production of “South Pacific.” According to the Dispatch, the highlight of the Maid Marian contest was that three of the candidates wore the same frock. 30 girls were narrowed to one: Cynthia Gangl. Runners up were Terry Lynn Johnson and Rita Frankel. Among the prizes was a Queen-sized King Koil Posture Bond bed, donated by Hughes Furniture. Get it?
Robin Hood Days was held from August 2-8 of that year. John S. Allen, Jr. served as King Richard, and Leo Hughes served as Robin Hood. Queens Regimental Commander was Dr. Richard Kindy. Another elaborate float was designed by St. Louis Park Sun artist Lawrence Spiegel and paid for by the Chamber. As for Maid Marian, 30 young women competed in the contest, and were treated to their traditional Lake Minnetonka outing, sponsored by Dr. and Mrs. Eugene Scherling. The Coronation Ceremony was again emceed by Jim Devine. “The Thing” was either the name of a song or the name of the folk singing group who entertained at the event. The Parkettes performed two numbers. The winner was Joy Sheekanoff, and Ladies in Waiting were Marilyn Schultz and Clariece Locketz. Junior Queen and Commodore were Lisa Doolittle and Stephen Pratt.
Robin Hood Days was held June 21-27, this time led by Robert N. Benham as King Richard and a dashing Robert Wolfe as Robin Hood. Again, 30 young women vied for the coveted Maid Marian. The winner was Faith Kiperstin, sponsored by Brookside Drug, who attributed at least part of her success to her lucky turquoise dress. In October 1969, Faith had been the second runner up in the Minnesota Pageant of the Miss Teenage America Contest. Faith Kiperstin became Faith Schway and went on to win Mrs. Minnesota in 1985. Runners up were back to being Princesses; they were Sue Hedberg and Lynn Kasma. Prizes included memberships at the Sports and Health Club. On July 20, you could go get your car washed at Jim Lupient Olds by one of the local beauty queens or by Miss America her own self, to benefit the Minnesota Mental Retardation Center. The year’s junior queen and commodore were Deana Prickett and Harry Maron.
This turned out to be the last year for Robin Hood Days. The last Queen’s Regimental Commander was Robert Sewall, and the Coronation Co-Chairmen were Nancy Locke and Kit Swanson. A record-breaking 53 initial candidates for the crown of Maid Marian were cut to 30 for the coronation, which was emceed for the last time by Jim Devine. The Parkettes again performed two numbers, and music was provided by the Jerry Mayeron Orchestra. The new queen was Carmen Nelson, who was also voted Miss Congeniality. She was to be the very last Maid Marian and the last representative of St. Louis Park at the Aquatennial’s Queen of the Lakes pageant until 1985. Her princesses were Marcia Watson and Jan Wilcox. Junior Queen and Commodore were Sharon Jacobson and Scott Phillips.
St. Louis Park lass Barbara Johanna Haeger was named Miss Photogenic at the Miss Minnesota Teenworld Competition, held for girls ages 14-18 at the Leamington Hotel on August 20-22.
10 candidates competed in the first Miss St. Louis Park contest held since 1971. Faith Schway, Maid Marian 1970, helped brought back the competition, which was now sponsored by Party in the Park. By 1985 Faith was the owner and director of Premiere School of Self-Improvement and Professional Modeling, Inc. The coronation was held on July 6 at the Park High Auditorium. Faith and her husband Carl Schway acted as Masters of Ceremonies. The judges included Marilyn Field Barenbaum, Miss St. Louis Park 1966. The St. Louis Park City Band played at the ceremony. Kathy Drake took the honors, and her Princesses were Evelyn Swartz and Barb Haeger. The program stated “Miss St. Louis Park will be a guest at the Minneapolis Aquatennial as a visiting queen this July and will vie for the Aquatennial Queen of the Lakes title in 1986.” Prizes included a full scholarship to the Premiere School of Modeling, $150 college scholarship, make-over, a $350 wardrobe, and a white synthetic fur boralba cape to use during her reign.
The Miss St. Louis Park contest (that year “the Miss Centennial St. Louis Park Queen Contest” in honor of the Park’s centennial) was held at the Park Nicollet Medical Center auditorium (because it was air conditioned) on June 28. A special St. Louis Park Centennial float was built for parade duty. Also new was the inclusion of senior citizens as Honorary Queen and Commodore Candidates, and children as junior commodore and junior queen. St. Louis Park Historical Society President Marie Hartmann was elected Honorary Princess. 12 candidates were narrowed down to Queen Laura Kruckenberg, with Princesses Debra Brummer and Amy Davidson.
Coronation of Miss St. Louis Park was again held at Park Nicollet Medical Center, on June 27. The happy Miss St. Louis Park was Patti Lindberg, and her Princesses were Andrea Resnick and Kelli Ann Welsh. There were eight contestants, including a young Russian woman.
The Miss St. Louis Park pageant took place on June 25. Five days before, tragedy had struck in the form of a car accident that took the life of candidate Amy MacMillan. Also injured in the crash was Miss St. Louis Park 1985, Kathy Drake. The pageant was dedicated to MacMillan, and no doubt a pall was felt over the proceedings. Of the seven remaining contestants, Carla Swartz was chosen Miss St. Louis Park, and the Princesses were Jennifer Bormes and Tricia Storm.
Amy Carlson was selected Miss St. Louis Park, and her Princesses were Erin Erickson and Barbara Blumberg.
There were no candidates in 1991, but Barbara Blumberg agreed to serve as Miss St. Louis Park. Her mother had been coordinator of the pageant for several years. She participated in over 50 parades and the activities associated with Aquatennial.
The pageant took place at Sheraton Park Place on July 2. Because there was no coronation the previous year, past royalty was represented by the 1990 queen and princesses. There were seven contestants. The Queen was Mary Lahammer, and Princesses were Molly Wilson and Lori Kohler.
The pageant was held at the Sheraton Park Place Hotel on July 1, where 10 candidates competed. Stacey Ertel was named Miss St. Louis Park. Rochelle Reinitz and Andrea Strom were princesses. Reinitz was also Miss Congeniality.
The pageant was held at the Sheraton Park Place Hotel on June 30 as part of Party in the Park, who purchased a permanent float for the royalty. 10 candidates came down to one: Sarah Colleen Plautz, who was also Most Photogenic. Her princesses were Leah Schoeff and Rebecca Keuning. Sara Olson was Miss Congeniality.
The pageant was held at the Sheraton Park Place Hotel on June 29. There were 11 candidates. Although Dallas Bartholomew (sponsored by Masonic Lodge) was crowned, for whatever reason Karen Metzger (Al’s Place) served as Miss St. Louis Park. Her Princesses were Sara Olson (1330 Hair studio) and Erica Eastburg (Byerly’s). A dance followed.
The Pageant was held on June 27 at the Sheraton Park Place Hotel, sponsored by MEPC. Anne Marie Clausen, sponsored by Gipper’s, was selected Miss St. Louis Park from a field of 10 contestants. She became Miss Minnesota USA 2001, and went on to work at the Premiere School of Self-Improvement and Professional Modeling for Faith Schway. Ann Marie also won Miss Congeniality that year. There were two princesses as well.
The pageant was held at the St. Louis Park High School for the first time and every year since. The royalty program came under the canopy of "Parktacular."
Miss St. Louis Park was Nina Humphrey (UW-Madison), who was named Miss Congeniality at the 1999 Aquatennial. Princess and Miss Congeniality was Tanya Jones (Winona State) and the other Princess was Katie Anderson. The float was re-built to make it represent the parks of the city. The royalty also added the "Children First" sign to the back. In addition, scholarships were instituted this year to the royalty. Academics were stressed with the candidates.
Miss St. Louis Park was Danielle Trego. Miss Congeniality/Princess was Emily Foster and Princess Janea Mashek.
Angie Flatgard (St. Thomas University) was Miss St. Louis Park and Princesses were Caitlin Biegler (UW-LaCrosse) and Christine Chan (U of M). Miss Congeniality was Katy Schufelt.
Miss St. Louis Park was Kate Thomas (Kalamazoo College, Princess was Erin Copeland (Mankato State), and we had our first male Ambassador, Tim Nordstrom (North Hennepin). The title of Miss Congeniality was changed to Most Congenial, just in case a man was selected. The honor went to Maggey Carlson. At this time, the coordinators changed the program from "Royalty" to "Ambassadors" in an effort to get away from the beauty pageant stereotype and include men.
Miss St. Louis Park was Tara Soltow. Ambassadors include Maggey Carlson. Most Congenial was Katie Cheeseboro. Queen Tara made the Star Tribune as the winner of the Aquatennial Queen Candidate Spaghetti Eating Contest-1/4 pound in 13 seconds. Her previous record at the North Hudson Pepperfest contest was 41 seconds for a full pound. (There are pictures!) Mayor Jeff Jacobs was emcee with Aquatennial Princess 2001 Anne Sumagil.
Miss St. Louis Park 2003 was Samantha Biegler, who was the only one to have been a Junior Queen and Miss St. Louis Park. The contestant voted Most Congenial was Michelle Hogan. Ambassadors were Kaitlyn Pommrehn and Tim McCune. Aquatennial Princess 2001 Anne Sumagil and Former Aquatennial Commodore Louis Rygg were emcees at the coronation.
This information comes from a variety of sources: newspapers, books, yearbooks, phone directories, interviews, etc. Given the varied sources, we cannot guarantee that all of this information is correct, and welcome any additions and corrections. Please contact us with your contributions and comments.