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news Bemidji, 56619
Bemidji Minnesota P.O. Box 455 56619

Bemidji High School senior Madeline Erickson of Bemidji, daughter of Jeffrey Erickson and Cherie Lundberg, has been named as this year's Santa Lucia.

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Erickson will be honored at the 35th annual Santa Lucia Fest, a Swedish festival held at 6 a.m. Monday, Dec. 13, at the Beaux Arts Ballroom, Hobson Memorial Union, Bemidji State University.

A young woman of Swedish heritage is chosen annually to serve as the festival's Lucia.

After a selection process that includes reviewing letters of application and conducting formal interviews before a panel of judges, a Lucia is chosen.

Erickson is involved in band, student congress, is the captain of the speech team and is involved in Model United Nations at BHS.

She is also a member of the National Honor Society and drama club.

Erickson began her participation in the Lucia Fest in the fourth grade. She has been a tomte, an Apple Girl, a junior attendant and an attendant. In her application, Erickson wrote, "My Swedish heritage is something I am very proud of and I would like to share that with the community."

Tickets for the Lucia Fest are $18 for adults and $6 for children eight years of age and under. Tickets are available at Kelsey's Jewelry in downtown Bemidji, and at Ken K. Thompson Jewelers in downtown Bemidji and in the Paul Bunyan Mall. They may also be purchased from Ken Olson, 2515 Calihan Ave. N.E., Bemidji. Ticket purchases should enclose the full payment and a self-addressed stamped envelope if done via mail.

Tickets must be purchased by Tuesday, Dec. 7, and will not be available at the door.

For more information, contact Karen Olson at 444-5989.

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