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Miss Ellsworth is stripped of her crown

ELLSWORTH -- Cassandra Kreig, the 2007 Miss Ellsworth, was stripped of her crown Saturday by the Miss Ellsworth committee.

Kreig was removed from her post less than two weeks before the 2008 royalty will be chosen June 26 during the Cheese Curd Festival. Ashton Gusa, former first princess, is now Miss Ellsworth.

The committee released Kreig due to unexcused absences. The committee cited three guidelines in the handbook given to prospective candidates.

The first one is "two unexcused absences may be grounds for dismissal. A Miss Ellsworth committee representative needs to approve each absence."

Early last week, the committee sent a letter to Christie Kreig, Cassandra's mother, explaining that Cassandra had five unexcused absences and three excused absences, two of which were for medical reasons. In addition, the letter stated that if Cassandra had one more absence, the committee would discuss replacing her.

The Kreigs said the letter was the first time the committee had notified them about possible replacement.

The second guideline states:"If any conflict of activities should arise, her first priority is to her reign as Ellsworth royalty and appearances as such."

Kreig graduated early from Ellsworth High School in January and enrolled in an emergency medical technician class in Baldwin, Wis., which was sponsored by Ellsworth Ambulance Service. Students are allowed two excused absences or they will be dropped from the course. Kreig missed one night due to a Miss Ellsworth event and another due to illness.

The five absences regarding her Miss Ellsworth contract were:

• May 8, sold tickets for the Ellsworth Rod and Gun Club chicken feed. Krieg was unable to attend the event due to the EMT course.

• May 17, skipping a car wash fundraiser. The Kreig family said they notified Stephanie Wright, the Miss Ellsworth chairwoman, that their daughter would be turkey hunting with her father, Herman, and were told she would be excused. Wright denies making that statement.

• June 7, missing a dog wash fundraiser. Krieg was taking a national registry test for the EMT course.

• Missing a sponsor dinner; she was attending the EMT course.

• Not selling spaghetti feed tickets, which current contestants and royalty were asked to do. The event was canceled because lack of overall ticket sales.

Jason Schulte

Jason Schulte is a reporter for the New Richmond News since February 2015. Prior to that he spent eight years at the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth. His duties with the News will include covering news out of Hammond and Roberts along with action from St. Croix County court system. He lives in Roberts. 

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