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Miss Perham, Paige Meyer, on stage at the Miss Minnesota competition last weekend. Submitted photo

Perham's Paige Meyer makes Miss Minnesota's top 10

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Miss Perham, Paige Meyer, made it into the top 10 at the 2012 Miss Minnesota pageant. 

Meyer was the 10th and last contestant to be called to the finals - giving her reason to be good and nervous for a few moments on stage.

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"My ultimate goal in going was to make the top 10," she said in an interview Monday. After putting so much hard work, time and thought into preparing for the pageant, and with her good friends and family out in the audience rooting for her, she said, she "felt so relieved" when her name was finally called.

The pageant was held last weekend in Eden Prairie. Preliminary competitions were held Thursday and Friday, and the finals were on Saturday.

Contestants had a busy week beforehand, with a welcoming reception, scheduled visits to pageant sponsors and Gillette Children's Hospital, press tours, meetings with former pageant winners, and daylong production rehearsals.

"It was incredible," Meyer said of the whole experience. "Positively overwhelming. I learned so much about myself."

Things went well for Meyer personally, she said, throughout the whole pageant.  She was pleased with her performances, which she said were fueled by healthy rushes of adrenaline.

In the end, Meyer was standing next to the winner, 22-year-old Siri Freeh of Lake Park, as Freeh's name was called as the new Miss Minnesota. Just being there for that moment, so close to it, Meyer said, "was really emotional... unforgettable."

Meyer plans to enjoy the rest of her year as Miss Perham, then take about a year off before competing in future pageants. She would like to return to the Miss Minnesota pageant again in 2014. To get there, she'll have to compete for another local title, such as Miss Northwest, Miss Heart of the Lakes, Miss City of Lakes, or several other options.

"I'd like to stay as close to this area as possible," she said of any future pageant involvements.

For more information, read Meyer's blog at missperham2011.blogspot.com.

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