Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

Minnesota Faces: A Dairy Princess June 12, 2015

Portrait #27: Kaylee Wegner


Portrait 27, Kaylee Wegner


That young people are still interested in agriculture pleases me, for I grew up on a southwestern Minnesota dairy and crop farm.

While I left the farm for an education and career in journalism, youth like Kaylee Wegner have remained true to their rural roots. I’ve known Kaylee, a classmate of my son, for a long time. She’s smart, poised, confident, driven and passionate about agriculture. This fall she begins her senior year at South Dakota State University, pursuing a bachelor of science degree in dairy production.

I last spoke with Kaylee in June of 2013 when her parents, Ron and Diane (about as salt-of-the-earth wonderful people as you’ll ever meet), hosted “A Day on the Farm” at their rural Faribault acreage. Kaylee and her older sister, Brianna, were there, too, actively involved in the event that drew some 600 visitors. Kaylee, then a Rice County Dairy Princess, posed for photos with a calf and kids. I could see how much she loved promoting the dairy industry.

Since 1937, June Dairy Month has been an annual tradition celebrating all things dairy. When you pour yourself a glass of milk, order a cheeseburger or enjoy an ice cream cone, think of Kaylee and all the other young people who still care about, and are the future of, agriculture.


This is part of a series, Minnesota Faces, featured every Friday on Minnesota Prairie Roots.

© Copyright 2015 Audrey Kletscher Helbling


16 Responses to “Minnesota Faces: A Dairy Princess”

  1. Almost Iowa Says:

    Great photo! Her family must be very proud of her.

  2. Kathleen Cassen Mickelson Says:

    I like that photo, too! More cheese for me, please.

  3. Missy's Crafty Mess Says:

    What a beautiful young woman and a great choice of a school 😉

  4. Dawn Says:

    She is very sweet. We always have the dairy princess come to our kitchen and hand out milk and talk to the kids eating lunch. I am a lunch lady at a elementary school and the kids love when they come and be our mystery server. 🙂

  5. Sue Ready Says:

    Nice tribute to Kaylee who perhaps in a sense is following in her family’s footsteps and carrying on traditions which often young people abandon for city life.

  6. ryanware Says:

    Great portrait, both in photo and in writing.

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