Elk River woman crowned senior queen

Managing Editor

by Jim Boyle
Susan Klug, of Elk River, has been selected by the Minneapolis Aquatennial Senior Alumni Association to represent the city of Minneapolis as the 2018 senior queen.

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The 2017 Minneapolis Aquatennial Senior Queen Luenn Lodin (at left) and Susan Klug, of Elk River, the 2018 Senior Queen after the crowning.

Her participation in the selection process was something her daughters, Katie Malecha, of Northfield, and Angie Gerou, of Big Lake, had been encouraging for several years.

“They talked me into it, and, low and behold, I won,” Klug said. “It’s quite an honor.”

She was awarded the honor at the Minneapolis Aquatennial Senior Alumni Association’s coronation held July 21 at the Bloomington Event Center.

Elk River has been well represented at this year’s aquatennial.

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Susan Klug and Mahli Wold before coronation at the Minneapolis Aquatennial.

Mahli Wold, of Elk River, has been there to represent the community as Elk River’s first senior ambassador, as part of a program for girls ages 6-19.

Inspired by father
Klug is the mother of three and grandmother of 17. She is active in her church, where she has taught religious education, coordinated annual festivals and served on various committees.

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Mahli Wold at the Torchlight Parade with crown sister Princess Lilian from this past year’s royalty. Wold had an entire week of events, judging and personal and professional development training.

Gerou has been active in getting the Elk River Ambassador program going, and Malecha has years of involvement with Jesse James Days in Northfield, where five of Klug’s granddaughters have been on parade as ambassadors. One of them, Brianna Anthony is the senior ambassador for the Minneapolis Aquatennial.

Inspired by her father who was a U.S. marshal and St. Paul police officer, Klug served in the Minneapolis Police Reserves from 1985-1996. She even helped with traffic control at the Minneapolis Aquatennial. She went on to work and retire from a career in senior housing property management.

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Among the festivities during the Minneapolis Aquatennial was the Minnesota Twins Sparkle Night! Mahli Wold showed off her Elk River spirit at the game.

Klug will spend the next year appearing in community events with other Minneapolis Aquatennial Senior Alumni Association royalty to focus attention on the Minneapolis Aquatennial Ambassador Organization’s Scholarship and mentoring programs for young Minnesota women.