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Kathy Rustin-Westphal

Renee Jones Schneider, Star Tribune

Kathy Rustin-Westphal, St. Paul Park

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Kathy Rustin-Westphal was congratulated after winning the 2014 Klondike Kate competition in Oakdale, Minn., on Wednesday, January 8, 2014. During the contest six contestants performed up to three songs and were judged on their singing abilities, song choice, costumes, crowd appeal and their portrayal of the real-life character of Klondike Kate, a woman was an entertainer and dancer during the gold rush and known for her vivacious and rebellious personality. ] RENEE JONES SCHNEIDER ‘Ä¢ reneejones@startribune.com ORG XMIT: MIN1401082155020145

RENÉE JONES SCHNEIDER • reneejones@startribune.com,

Introducing 2014's Klondike Kate

  • January 8, 2014 - 11:47 PM

Kathy Rustin-Westphal of St. Paul Park was named the 2014 Klondike Kate on Wednesday evening in Oakdale. The mother of two and 3M employee was among six candidates who sought to become the next “Mistress of Fun and Frivolity” for this year’s St. Paul Winter Carnival. Klondike Kate is modeled after a real-life character who, according to carnival organizers, “so charmed the legions of miners [in the Gold Rush of 1898] that they showered her with gold dust and nuggets.” She will perform throughout the two-week carnival, which begins Jan. 23. For more pictures from Wednesday’s competition, go to www.startribune.com/photos.











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