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Sports schedule for Friday, Aug. 22

Football: St. Clair at LP/HT (LP); 7 p.m.

Volleyball: W-M at Albany Tournament; 9 a.m.

Volleyball: New Prague at LHS; 7:15 p.m.

New Princess Kay of the Milky Way is from Carver Co.

CARVER COUNTY, MN – Jeni Haler, a 19-year-old college student from Norwood Young America, representing Carver County, was crowned the 61st Princess Kay of the Milky Way in an evening ceremony at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds August 20.

Haler is the third Carver County dairy princess to receive this title. The first was Janet (Forner) Bosch in 1982, and the second was Beth Messenbring-Mastre in 1990.

Haler will serve as the official goodwill ambassador for more than 3,600 Minnesota dairy farm families. Jeni is the daughter of Rick Haler and Connie Helget Haasken, and attends the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, where she double majors in animal science and Spanish/Portuguese studies.

Haler was one of 12 county dairy princess finalists selected to compete for the Princess Kay of the Milky Way title. Audrey Lane of Prior Lake, representing Scott County, and Sabrina Ley of Belgrade, representing Stearns County, were selected as runners-up. Gabriella Sorg of Hastings, representing Dakota County, was named Miss Congeniality. Scholarships were awarded to Annie Culbertson of Pine Island, representing Olmsted County; Sarah Post of Chandler, representing Murray County; and Lane.

Haler’s first official duty as Princess Kay will be to sit in a rotating cooler in the Dairy Building for nearly six hours to have her likeness sculpted in a 90-pound block of butter on the opening day of the Minnesota State Fair. Each finalist will also have her likeness carved in butter during the fair. This year marks butter sculptor Linda Christensen’s 43rd year carving the Princess Kay of the Milky Way winner and finalists at the Minnesota State Fair.

Throughout her year-long reign as Princess Kay of the Milky Way, Haler will make public appearances to help connect consumers to Minnesota’s dairy farm families. She will also promote the Fuel Up to Play 60 program, through which she encourages students to get 60 minutes of exercise each day and eat a healthy diet that includes three servings of dairy.

Princess Kay candidates are judged on their general knowledge of the dairy industry, communication skills and enthusiasm for dairy. The Midwest Dairy Association sponsors the Princess Kay program, which is funded by the dairy checkoff.

Midwest Dairy Association® is a non-profit organization funded by dairy farmers to build demand for dairy products through integrated marketing, nutrition education and research. Midwest Dairy is funded by checkoff dollars from dairy farmers in a 10-state region, including Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Arkansas and eastern Oklahoma. For more information, visit

Sports schedule for Thursday, Aug. 21

Volleyball: HLWW at St. Anthony Village; 7 p.m.

Boys Soccer: W-M/LHS at Delano; 7 p.m.

Girls Soccer: LHS at Delano; 5 p.m.

Girls Soccer: Waconia at W-M; 7 p.m.

List of winners from Carver County Fair is online

CARVER COUNTY, MN – A list of winners from the 2014 Carver County Fair is available online.

Click here for the list of winners

New school immunization requirements go into effect Sept. 1

CARVER COUNTY, MN – Carver County Public Health released the following information:

No Shots, No School: Is Your Child Ready?

 A new Minnesota law that changes immunization requirements for students entering Grade 7 goes into effect September 1, 2014. The updated requirements make Minnesota’s immunizations law in-line with current national recommendations and practices.

The new school immunization law requires all students entering Grade 7 to receive a single dose of the Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis) vaccine, and a single dose of the meningococcal (meningitis) vaccine. Students must show that they have had the required vaccines by the start of the new school year, or they may not be able to attend school. If claiming a medical or conscientious exemption, this must also be filed with the school by the start of the school year.

Vaccines are the most effective tool to prevent infectious diseases. “Immunizations protect children from serious childhood diseases and related complications,” said Marcee Shaughnessy, Manager of the Carver County Public Health Department. “I encourage parents or guardians to talk to their child’s healthcare provider and school health services to ensure that all immunizations are up-to-date before the start of each school year.”


Carver County Public Health is hosting a series of Back-to-School Shot Clinics for children that do not have insurance, or whose insurance does not cover immunizations. Public Health’s 2014 Back-to-School Shot Clinics will be held from 3:00–5:00 p.m., by appointment only, at the Carver County Government Center (600 4th Street East, Chaska), on the following dates:

  • August 25th
  • September 8th
  • September 15th
  • September 22nd

Students entering Grade 7 can receive the new required immunizations at these clinics, if needed. For more information or to make an appointment, please call Carver County Public Health at (952) 361-1329. Additional information about the new school immunization requirement can be found at and click on “Immunization Law Changes.”

PHOTO GALLERY: Carver County Fair

CARVER COUNTY, MN – To see photos from the 2014 Carver County Fair, click here

Select photos will also be printed in the Monday, Aug. 11 edition of the Herald Journal.