St. Paul Winter Carnival crowns new 'Klondike Kate'

- A new Klondike Kate has been crowned for this year's St. Paul Winter Carnival.

Natalia Hemingway of St. Louis Park won the honor after competing against six other women for the title. Hemingway most recently was the frontwoman of a classic rock band and has been a member of the Minnesota Ladies Arm Wrestling League.

The contestants performed up to three songs in three rounds of competition until the judges chose their new Klondike Kate. The ladies were judged on musical performance, song choice, vocal abilities, costuming, crowd appeal and authenticity on portraying the real-life Klondike Kate.

The original Klondike Kate became the most famous dance hall girl in the North during the Gold Rush of 1898. She was known for her beauty and charm as the miners would often give her gifts of gold dust and nuggets. 

The Klondike Kate contest started in 1971. She helps bring song and fun during the St. Paul Winter Carnival and other events throughout the year. The Winter Carnival takes place from January 25 to February 10.

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