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Published:December 17th, 2006 05:00 EST
Minneapolis Aquatennial Queen of the Lakes is Resigning

Minneapolis Aquatennial Queen of the Lakes is Resigning

By Joseph Dillard

Jessica Gaulke, who was chosen Minneapolis Aquatennial Queen of the Lakes in July of 2006, is resigning from her position because her National Guard unit is being called to duty. She will be going to the Mideast as a diesel generator mechanic for approximately 12 months. "It really wasn't a decision that was mine to be made," said Gaulke. "My unit's going. I've accepted it. It's part of the whole scope of why I joined; I'll be there for all of us over here."

After being named "Miss Robbinsdale in 2005" Gaulke won the "Queen of the Lakes" Pageant which she says is "a huge honor," but she said she must honor the agreement she made when she committed to the National Guard.

Her last day as queen will be January 2, 2007 in the Rose Bowl parade. Aquatennial officials will announce the new queen in January, after her formal resignation. She'll serve until July and, like Gaulke, will receive a $4,000 college scholarship.