Alejandra Murch stands with her dad Mark Murch outside his office on Main Street in Dodge Center.
Photo by Karen Jorgensen
By Karen M. Jorgensen
A local woman will be among the contestants in this fall's Miss Minnesota Latina pageant in November.
Alejandra Murch, a Pine Island High School graduate, will represent the area as Miss Pine Island Latina.
Born in El Salvador, she was adopted by Mark and Cindy Murch and grew up in Pine Island and graduated from Pine Island High School. She is currently attending the Minneapolis College of Art & Design and will graduate in December.
As part of the selection process for Miss Minnesota Latina, each contestant needs to have a platform, Murch said, and hers is to help kids as they go through the process of self-discovery and finding themselves.
It was hard growing up as a minority, she said, although that is not a reflection on her hometown.
"Pine Island is an amazing place to grow up," she said. "I never felt uncomfortable with anyone else. It was with myself."
Murch was adopted when she was 11 months old but she has been to El Salvador several times and has a strong bond with the people of the country as well as friends of the Murch family who are there. She describes herself as a "unique blend of the culture of my birth and the culture of my upbringing."
Read the August 2, 2017 issue of the Star Herald for the rest of the story.