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East Otter Tail Dairy Princesses will be out and about this summer, promoting dairy

With June being Dairy Month, and July being Ice Cream Month, the local dairy association wants area businesses to know that the princesses are available to help promote dairy by handing out treats. They'll also be making appearances at parades and other community events this summer.

Pictured, left to right, are: 2022 East Otter Tail Dairy Princess Madison Ruther, Little Miss Dairy Princesses Lucy Minten, Caroline Schwantes and Caylee Seedorf, and Dairy Princess Megan Eckman.
Pictured, left to right, are: 2022 East Otter Tail Dairy Princess Madison Ruther, Little Miss Dairy Princesses Lucy Minten, Caroline Schwantes and Caylee Seedorf, and Dairy Princess Megan Eckman.
Contributed / Ronda Koehler
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PERHAM — The East Otter Tail Midwest Dairy Association’s 2022 Dairy Princess Banquet and Coronation was held April 10 in New York Mills. Two local girls were titled as Dairy Princesses and three others were titled as Little Miss Dairy Princesses.

Now, with June being Dairy Month, and July being Ice Cream Month, the local dairy association wants area businesses to know that the princesses are available to help promote dairy by handing out treats.

The princesses will also be making appearances at parades and other community events this summer, such as the East Otter Tail County Fair, where they’ll help hand out ribbons, serve malts, and visit with people.

To find out how to schedule a Dairy Princess appearance at a business or event, contact princess coordinator Ronda Koehler at 218-385-2533 or 218-640-0943.

The princesses are:

Dairy Princesses

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  • Madison Ruther, daughter of Aaron and Tiffany Ruther. She is a senior at New York Mills School and lives on a robotic milking system farm with a herd of over 400. She's in 4-H and FFA and is quoted in the Dairy Princess coronation program as saying, “I love being involved on the farm and doing things that promote healthy agriculture growth and ways to improve livestock quality.”

  • Megan Eckman, daughter of Francisco Lopez and Noemi Gonzalez. She is a junior at Perham High School and plays basketball and volleyball. She enjoys fishing, crocheting, working with animals, traveling and trying new things. She works at the same dairy as her father does.

Little Miss Dairy Princesses

  • Caroline Schwantes, daughter of Dave and Jen Schwantes of Perham. She is 12 years old, attends New York Mills School and lives on a 90-cow dairy farm. She is also an EOT County Junior Leader and is on the County Dairy Project Bowl Team. In 4-H, she is heavily involved as her club president, and is active in the county fair.
  • Caylee Seedorf, daughter of Paul and Amanda Seedorf of Perham. She is 13 years old and lives on a third generation family dairy farm in Perham. She enjoys 4-H, showing cows at the fair, sewing, archery, fishing and more, and is also on the County Dairy Project Bowl Team.
  • Lucy Minten, daughter of Mike and Jen Minten of Perham. She is in seventh grade and attends Prairie Wind Middle School in Perham. She plays tennis and softball and is in 4-H, FFA, and on the County Dairy Project Bowl Team. She likes to show goats at the county fair.
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