Kristen Oster of West St. Paul received the Klondike Kate sash Wednesday after she was named the winner of the 2017 competition at the Envision Event Center in Oakdale. The annual contest heralds the start of St. Paul Winter Carnival festivities. The five contestants were judged on musical performance, song choice, vocal abilities, costuming, crowd appeal and “authenticity in portraying the real-life character” Klondike Kate, who charmed miners in the Gold Rush of 1898.


The 131st Winter Carnival runs from Jan. 26 to Feb. 5.

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