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Column: Prepping for the Miss Minnesota pageant

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opinion Perham, 56573

Perham Minnesota 222 2nd Avenue SE 56573

I’d like to start off by thanking all those who came to my 5k Run/Walk this past Saturday morning, and those who donated to the American Diabetes Association. Despite the cold rainy weather, those who came helped me raise $370 for diabetes research and education. As this event was eight days before I leave for Miss Minnesota, it was wonderful to have community members and others from this region come out and support a cause I am so passionate about.

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This Sunday, June 9, I will be leaving for the Miss Minnesota competition. I am thrilled for all the events I will be able to attend, such as visiting the Gillette Children’s Hospital, attending the Red White and Blue event at the Minnesota Veterans Home, the Crowns and Gowns Gala, visiting with congressmen and women at the State Capitol, and so much more! Each day is packed full of service work that I, along with 21 other young women, will do, as well as rehearsals and competition. I am extremely honored to be representing this phenomenal community.

The last few weeks have been full of mock interviewing, talent practicing, and finishing up all the little details that go along with pageant competition.

Having the title of Miss Perham has given me so many opportunities I wouldn’t have had otherwise. I have been able to speak with kids as young as three, all the way up to eighth grade, about being healthy and making smarter, more health-conscience decisions regarding their diets and physical activity levels. I was able to address teachers, administrators and paraprofessionals at the Healthy Schools Summit in Fargo, N.D., attend local community events, and reach out to community members through this monthly column.

Having said all of that, I encourage parents and family members of girls ages 17-24 to talk about running to become Miss Perham 2013, as the paperwork for this pageant is due the end of June. This pageant will be held July 19 at Perham High School. We are holding a Miss Perham’s Outstanding Teen pageant that night as well, which is a scholarship program through the Miss America Organization for girls ages 13-17. For more information, visit perhampageants.org.

Now that turtle races have started, I hope to see you all out there Wednesday mornings!

This month I have chosen to do Trail Mix Balls, an easy on-the-go snack.

1/3 cup honey

2 tablespoons water

1/3 cup peanut butter

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

3/4 cup crisp rice cereal

3/4 cup rolled oats, toasted*

1/3 cup dried fruit bits

1/4 cup sunflower seed kernels

1/4 cup lightly salted peanuts

1/4 cup unsweetened large flake coconut

1 tablespoon sesame seeds

In a small saucepan, combine honey and the water; cook and stir over low heat until the honey liquefies. Remove from heat. Add peanut butter and vanilla, whisking until peanut butter is melted and mixture is smooth.

Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine rice cereal, toasted rolled oats, fruit bits, sunflower seed kernels, peanuts, coconut, and sesame seeds. Pour honey mixture over cereal mixture; stir to coat. Cover and chill for 1 to 2 hours or just until firm.

Using your damp hands, shape mixture into 30 balls, each about 1 1/4 inches in diameter. Chill balls until ready to serve. Store in a tightly covered container in the refrigerator for up to one week.

Makes 30 balls (2 balls per serving)

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