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New Glarus woman an Alice finalist
WATERLOO - Kristin Klossner of New Glarus was named Friday as one of the six candidates for the 69th Alice in Dairyland, a key step in the process of selecting Wisconsin's next official agricultural ambassador.

The candidates were announced at a press conference held at Crave Brothers Farmstead near Waterloo in Dodge County. Following an extensive interview process, the next Alice in Dairyland will be selected from among the six candidates at the conclusion of the Alice in Dairyland Finals Program on May 5-7 in Dodge County.

This is the third year in a row Klossner has been named a finalist. She lives on her family's 257-acre dairy farm. She is a sales associate at the West Revenue Generation Services in its financial sector. Klossner graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls with a bachelor's degree in secondary education and minors in dairy science and athletic coaching. Klossner credits her love of agriculture to growing up showing livestock through 4-H, FFA and the Wisconsin Holstein Association. Klossner gives back to these organizations today by serving on leadership boards, coaching dairy bowl and hosting the John Klossner Memorial Fitting Contest at the Green County Fair.

"As agriculturalists, it is our job to not only plant the seeds of our future harvest, but the seeds of knowledge as well," Klossner said in a press release. "Through the role of Alice, I hope to inspire upcoming generations to fall in love with the industry that provides food, fiber and fuel. Helping consumers connect with the land, animals and people who provide their food helps to give them an understanding and trust of the food they are consuming."

The other candidates are Jenna Braun, Mayville; Victoria Horstman, Sparta; Ann O'Leary, Evansville; Emily Selner, Denmark; and Joanna Wavrunek, Denmark.

Alice in Dairyland is a one-year, full-time public relations position with the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection. The official start date for the 69th Alice in Dairyland is June 6.

Alice in Dairyland travels throughout the state teaching rural and urban audiences of all ages about Wisconsin's extensive agricultural industry. In the position, Alice in Dairyland cultivates relationships with television, radio and print media outlets; writes and delivers speeches; and uses social media to tell the stories of Wisconsin agriculture. Additional duties include developing and executing marketing plans, delivering classroom presentations and networking with industry professionals.

Each year, a different Wisconsin county hosts the Alice in Dairyland interview activities, with Dodge County serving as the host county this year.

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