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Tom
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Governor Declares Linda Christenson Day!!

Post by Tom » Fri Aug 27, 2021 3:25 pm

Linda "Indar" Christenson was honored yesterday by Minnesota Governor Tim Wallz proclaiming August 26, 2021 to be Linda Christenson Day in commemoration of her 50 years as the butter sculptor of Princess Kay candidates at the Minnesota State Fair.  For those of you who do not know, the Minnesota dairy industry is huge, and has a large presence at the State Fair.  Each year candidates from 8 regions of the state compete for the title of Princess Kay of the Milky Way.  As part of the process, each candidate has their likeness carved in a large block of butter.  Since 1970, Linda has been that sculptor.  In a word, she has become a legend.  
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This presentation is being made outside the Minnesota Dairy Building on the State Fair Grounds. The dude in the yellow cap is Minnesota Governor Tim Walz holding the framed proclamation. He is in shirtsleeves because it is August in Minnesota. To his immediate left is the sculptor/poet who needs no introduction. She and the sashed Princess Kay contestant are wearing coats because it is cold in her carving booth inside the Dairy Building.  I had the pleasure of visiting the building a few years ago while Indar was at work.  Her studio is a refrigerated rotating room with glass walls for folks to watch her work.  It was my observations that Linda and her booth are the centerpoint of the Dairy Building.  Here are a few photos:

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And my favorite:

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Re: Governor Declares Linda Christenson Day!!

Post by Tom » Fri Aug 27, 2021 6:29 pm

The presentation:

Gov Walz declares Indar Day

The audio is not good, but the occasion is grand.
 

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Re: Governor Declares Linda Christenson Day!!

Post by Gyppo » Mon Aug 30, 2021 12:04 am

Indar's tiny.  ;-)

I never visualised her as a strapping great farm wench, capable of shaking a cow around to make an udder full of butter, but not that little. 

Maybe the cold in that carving booth has shrunk her over the last fifty years.

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Re: Governor Declares Linda Christenson Day!!

Post by AlienFlower » Tue Aug 31, 2021 10:45 am

What a recognition, Linda! Congratulations!

What happens to your pieces when you have finished? Have you ever worked with another more permanent medium?

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Re: Governor Declares Linda Christenson Day!!

Post by Tracy Mitchell » Sun Sep 05, 2021 3:34 pm

Excellent article -- https://www.cbsnews.com/news/minnesota- ... ntury-run/

Minnesota's Michelangelo!  

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Re: Governor Declares Linda Christenson Day!!

Post by Mark » Sat Sep 11, 2021 4:32 pm

Congratulations, Buttercup!

Well-deserved recognition, I'm sure.

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Re: Governor Declares Linda Christenson Day!!

Post by Gyppo » Sun Sep 12, 2021 4:53 pm

I enjoyed that video.

There was fine air of quiet ceremony as Indar laid her 'old faithful' carving knife across her arm, handing it hilt first to her successor.  Like a soldier surrendering his sword when he formally 'lays down his arms'.

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Re: Governor Declares Linda Christenson Day!!

Post by Colm Roe » Wed Sep 22, 2021 1:20 am

Thanks for letting us know Tracy.
That's quite an honour, huge congrats Linda.
I have a feeling that the Governor is very tall, and Linda just looks small compared to him...either way, she's a giant to all of us who know her...and she looks so fab for her age.

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