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Kasson native makes Top 15 in Miss America Pageant

A young woman from Kasson had a big night in Atlantic City.

Michaelene Karlen is Miss Minnesota. She made the top 15 in the Miss America Pageant Sunday night.

Karlen is a professional dancer and danced for the talent portion of the competition. She has a non profit called Raise the Barre which allows students to experience a professional dance workshop. Karlen began classical ballet training at age three. She started dancing with the Children’s Dance Theatre in Rochester at age six.

Miss New York, Nia Franklin took the Miss America crown last night.


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