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Carlson wins Goodhue County dairy crown

Amanda Carlson (center) is the 2011 Goodhue County Dairy Princess. With her are attendants Abby Mills (left) and Nikki Forss.1 / 2
Goodhue County Dairy Herd Improvement Association winners include Ken and April Forss of Forss Dairy of Zumbrota, herd production; Dean Opsahl of Opsahl's Holsteins of Goodhue, herd production and Premier Dairyman Award winner; Wayne Fitschen of Fitschen Brothers of Lake City, herd production; and David and Kathy Buck of Dennison, Milk Quality Award. Not pictured are the Larry Lexvold family of Goodhue and Voth Dairy of Goodhue.2 / 2

ZUMBROTA -- Amanda Carlson of Welch was crowned Goodhue County Dairy Princess at the 2011 Goodhue County DHIA and Dairy Princess Banquet Saturday at the Stary-Yerka VFW Post 5727.

Her attendants are Nichole Forss of Zumbrota and Abby Mills of Lake City.

Carlson is the daughter of Mike and Hettie Carlson.

They have a 70-cow dairy herd and are in partnership with his brother Dave Carlson. Carlson was sponsored by Merchants Bank of Cannon Falls and ADM.

When asked what her favorite dairy product is, Carlson replied "chocolate milk,"

She's found that walking to and from classes at college doesn't burn the same number of calories as doing farm chores, she said, so she joined a gym and found that chocolate milk stopped her aching muscles.

She attends the University of Wisconsin-River Falls and is studying agriculture marketing with a minor in dairy science. She works on the family farm during the summer and weekends when she comes home from college.

"I believe in the future of the dairy industry and I understand the importance of educating consumers. It is critical to show consumers how their food is made and how dedicated farmers are to providing a safe and nutritious product," she said in her application.

"With only 2 percent of the population directly involved in dairy production we, as producers, need to help consumers understand how committed we are to providing excellent care to our animals and sustaining the environment," she added.


Mills is the daughter of Kent and Debbie Mills. They have a 250-cow Holstein herd and run 120 acres.

She was sponsored by DHIA field representative Arden Vangsness.

Forss is the daughter of Ken and April Forss of Zumbrota. They have an 85-cow dairy herd and run 700 acres.

She was sponsored by Beulke's Greenhouse, Garden, Gift and Floral and Security State Bank of Wanamingo.

Aubrey Dressen of Red Wing was chosen Miss Congeniality.

Last year's dairy court of Princess Victoria Jensch and attendants Rachel Friese and Christine Grove gave the candidates some advice, including be "genuine" at all times since they are the faces of the Goodhue County dairy industry. They also were told that they can promote the industry without a crown and to have fun.

DHIA awards

The Goodhue County annual DHIA Milk Quality Award went to David and Kathy Buck of Dennison.

Herd production winners were Larry Lexvold Family of Goodhue, Voth Dairy of Goodhue, Forss Dairy Inc. of Zumbrota, Fitschen Bros. of Lake City and Opsahl's Holsteins of Goodhue.

Opsahl's Holsteins also received the Premier Dairyman Award for the best three-year rolling herd average of 28,295 pounds of milk and $3,765 value for 38 cows.

Eldon Vangsness and Arden Vangsness were honored for close to 25 years of service as DHIA field representatives.