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Local teen wins at wool competition

Bailey Yliniemi took first place in the Minnesota Make it with Wool contest in November. Winners of the competition can advance to the national competition to be held in January in South Carolina. SUBMITTED PHOTO

The Minnesota “Make It With Wool” contest was held at Thumper Pond and Resort, Ottertail, on Nov. 16, in conjunction with the Minnesota Lamb and Wool Producers Annual Conference.

There were 30 entries in four age divisions along with Made for Others, Quilt/Afghan and Novelty categories using more than 150 yards of beautiful wool fabric or yarn to create their garments and other wool item.

Having the chance to Advance to the national competition on Jan. 23-25 in Charleston, S.C., are

  • Junior (age 13-16): Andrea Dunrud of Forest Lake; with 1st runner-up was Anna Nelson of Stacy.
  • Senior (age 17-24): Bailey Yliniemi of Detroit Lakes; 1st runner-up was Sarsh Thelen of Oakdale.
  • Adult: (age 25-over): Traci Lafrentz of St. Joseph; 1st runner-up was awarded to Mary Ann Thelen of Oakdale.

Participates in the preteen honor group for ages 12 and under were Ceceilia Voss of Apple Valley, Heidi Imker of Lamberton and Kyerra Carter of Starbuck.

Exemplary Con-struction Awarded to Sarah Thelen of Oakdale.

Quilt/Afghan category was won by Traci Lafrentz of St. Joseph

Novelty item the overall winner was Adult - Sara Weckman of Shakopee and Youth- Amy Marquette of Buffalo

The purpose of the “Make It With Wool” contest is to focus attention on the beauty and versatility of wool, to encourage the use of wool fabric or yarn in sewing, knitting or crocheting fashionable garments.

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