The candidates are: (Left to right) Karli Meierding, Kelly Timmerman, Callin Rogge,Angela Bot (second row, left) and Katelyn Kack.
By Gayle VanVooren
This year there are five young ladies signed up for the competition, which will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 11.
One of the highlights of the annual Boxelder Bug Days celebration is the Queen coronation.
Those who are taking part are Angela Bot, Katelyn Kack, Cailin Rogge, Karli Meierding and Kelly Timmerman.
Angela Bot is the daughter of Eric and Phyllis Bot, and Custom Formula Feeds is her sponsor. She works at the Minneota Manor Health Care Center and Boxelder Estates in Marshall, besides going to school.
Katelyn Kack is the daughter of Bruce and Carol Kack, and her sponsor is Kack Construction. She worked at the Minneota pool this summer and helped with Vacation Bible School and is on the volleyball team at MHS.
Cailin Rogge is the daughter of Lawrence Rogge and Coleen Pedersen, and her sponsor is Rogge Excavating, Inc. She enjoys working on the yearbook at the high school.
Karli Meierding is the daughter of Jerry and Cyndy Meierding and Dori Meierding and has Jer’s Drywall as her sponsor. She works part-time at the FCA Convenience Plus store in Minneota.
Kelly Timmerman is the daughter of Dennis and Shirley Timmerman and her sponsor is Minneota Auto Body and Glass. She will soon be a new employee at the Minneota Manor.
All of contestants will be juniors at Minneota Public School and have many interests between them. One thing they have in common — they would love to represent Minneota for a year at events and upcoming parades.
The young ladies will be introduced at the halftime of the Minneota football game on Friday night and then will be taking part in various activities during the weekend. A volleyball game will also take place in Marshall, where at least one of our candidates will be competing.
The committee of Joy Buysse, Dawn Vlaminck and Terri Myhre are taking a different approach to the coronation this year. They are hosting a Royalty Brunch at 11 a.m. Sunday, September 12, at the high school.
All past Boxelder Bug Days royalty are invited to attend, as well as visiting royalty who will be taking part in our parade. Letters have been sent out to other towns telling them of this new event.
“We thought it would be fun to have all the royalty come and have a light meal before the parade,” said Joy Buysse.
The only hitch is that those who want to attend must make a reservation by calling 428-3547.
We can all say a big “thank you” to our outgoing royalty, Queen Candace Thooft, First Princess Ellen Buysse and Second Princess Faith Buysse. And we can show our appreciation as they take a final ride on the Boxelder Bug Days float during the parade on September 12