Kasson-Mantorville graduate Michaelene Karlen was crowned Miss South Central and will compete in the Miss Minnesota Pageant in June.
As part of being crowned Miss South Central, Karlen spends a great deal of her time volunteering in the communities she represents.
Over the holiday season Karlen volunteered with Toys for Tots, visited a VA Hospital to sing Christmas Carols, helped collect food at the Holiday Train in Kasson and delivered toys to the children's hospital in Rochester.
Karlen started dancing at the age of three. By middle school she was taking dance classes in both Rochester and Minneapolis, by high school she was taking classes in Minneapolis every night after school.
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