WILLISTON, N.D. - It's been nearly five decades since she claimed the title and now she's back home to help crown a new Miss North Dakota.
Former Miss Williston and Miss North Dakota 1971, Lana Herreid, will be a judge for this Saturday night's competition.
Now a resident of Minneapolis, Herreid has returned to her hometown to take part in the event she won 48 years ago. Since winning the title, Herreid has been focused on her family and career and says now felt like the right time to return to the pageant.
“I felt like this was such a wonderful opportunity really to come back and thank the people of Williston. I love Williston. On planet Earth, it is my sweet spot and I feel like that in my Miss North Dakota journey, the city of Williston so embraced me and encouraged me that I would never have been on that path had it not been for individuals in this community," said Herreid.
Herreid says becoming Miss North Dakota provided her with a lifetime of opportunities and was a true life-changer when it came to her becoming the woman she is today.
She admits that pageants aren't as "en Vogue" as they once were, but says they still provide young women with an opportunity to use their voices to make a big difference.
"And nowadays in the pageant, which they did not have when I was in it not so long ago, is that they have to have a platform,” said Herreid. “And they have to do a lot of community service. And there are so many really good issues that they are promoting and it's not only about promoting themselves and winning, it really is about the helping service they provide."
Miss North Dakota 2019 will be crowned Saturday night.
For more information you can go to www.missnorthdakota.org