She moves onto the Miss Minnesota Pageant in June 2019

    Crookston High School senior Muira MacRae was feeling plenty pleased after her first runner-up finish in the 2018 Miss Crookston Scholarship Pageant on Aug. 17, at which fellow CHS senior Thea Oman was crowned 2018 Miss Crookston.

    But MacRae got an even bigger boost soon after the pageant when she was contacted by representatives of the Miss Northern Lakes Pageant, who wanted her as a contestant in their pageant, held on Saturday, Aug. 25 at Bemidji High School. Not only that, she did herself one better when she was crowned Miss Northern Lakes. Since the pageant is an official preliminary pageant to the Miss Minnesota and Miss America pageants, MacRae, the daughter of Ian and Colleen MacRae, will move onto the 2019 Miss Minnesota Pageant next June.

    “I am so honored and grateful for this wonderful opportunity, and I’m so excited for the year to come,” MacRae tells the Times. “And, hopefully, I’ll be able to do some things with our current Miss Crookston Thea Oman!”

    At both pageants, MacRae’s platform was “body confidence in young women.”

    “I want to be an example and represent different body types to show young girls that they can feel beautiful, confident and strong in their own bodies,” she explained.

    MacRae wants to thank the Crookston community for all of the kind words and support, and also offered thanks to Angie Pagnac of Bemidji, who will be her pageant director her upcoming year spent as a Miss Northern Lakes ambassador and also in preparation for the Miss Minnesota Pageant.