The Perham Area MCCL (Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life) chapter had 32 beautiful babies entered in the 16th annual Favorite Baby Contest at the EOT county fair this year. All babies were born in 2008.
Fair goers stopped to view the display featuring the contestants' photos, Pro-Life literature, and life-sized fetal models which show the stages of development from the first month in the womb to the seventh month. Many signed a petition urging Minnesota's legislators to ban force abortions. Family, friends and community members all came to vote for their favorite babies. The results were as follows:
The 2009 "Favorite Baby of the Year" went to Miranda Kowalke, daughter of Darin and Richelle, Nevis, MN; Miranda received a check from MCCL for $25 and a homemade baby blanket, which was donated by Leah Januszewski.
The second place prize of $15 was awarded to MaryGrace Fudge, daughter of Chris and Angie, Perham, MN. The third place prize of $10 went to Nathan Meyer, son of Brian and Renah, Perham, MN.
Other entrants (in alphabetical order) were:
Austin Adamczyk, son of Edward and Brooke, Perham. Xavier Ara, son of Martin and Megan, Perham. Kallie Bachmann, daughter of Vance and Angela, Perham. Madison Bernstetter, daughter of Steve and Janell, Perham. Zoie Dunrud, daughter of Luke and Sheena, Perham. Mason Dupuis, son of Mike and Jessica, Perham. Payton Fagre, daughter of Adam and Maggie, Ashby, MN. Breckin Foley, son of Taylor and Lisa, Glyndon, MN, Eve Foltz, daughter of Joe and Tasha, Perham, Dylan Guck, son of Brad and Justine, Perham. Eva Hoaby, daughter of Josh Hoaby and Ashlee Hersch, New York Mills, MN. Ethan Kinn, son of Jon and Andrea, Perham. Austin Lemon son of Justin and Jessica, Perham. Jaci Loeffen, daughter of Josh and Sara, Perham. Daisy Loerzel, daughter of Daniel and Nichole, Perham. Tyler Loerzel, son of Joe and Jessica, Perham. Brielle Malone, daughter of Justin and Marea, Ottertail, MN. Aiden Pearson, son of Rhett Pearson and Sarah Nelson, Richville, MN. Peyton Peterson, son of Dustin and Michelle, Wadena, MN. Olivia Reed, daughter of Robb and Illene, Lakeville, MN. Molly Ruther, daughter of Eric and Jessica, Richville. Aubree Salo, daughter of Aaron and Jaime, New York Mills. Isaac Smith, son of Jason and Lisa, Perham. Jayce Tretbar, son of Brian Tretbar and Chelsie Pawlaski, Frazee, MN. Carlyle Tumberg, son of Brent and Shell, New York Mills. Ava Viere, daughter of Keith and Patty, St. Cloud, MN. Jak Wasche, son of Robert and Jamie, Perham. Audrey Weller, daughter of Brad and Bridget, New York Mills. Cadyn Wells son of Jeff Wells and Megan Miller, Perham. Gunner Wenaas, son of Troy and Teresa, New York Mills.
All the babies who entered received a sippy cup filled with Hugs and Kisses.