Rochester, MN (KROC AM News) - Rochester Mayor Ardell Brede is hosting a Welcome Home Reception for a young woman from Rochester who recently represented Minnesota in the Miss America pageant.

Madeline Van Ert was named Miss Congeniality 2017 by the other contestants at the scholarship pageant in Atlantic City on September 11th. Van Ert, who won the Miss Minnesota pageant last year, is a graduate of Mayo High School and is currently attending the University of Minnesota.

The reception will be held Tuesday at the Rochester Golf and Country Club from 5:30 until 7:30 p.m. Madeline will be performing her Miss America talents number “What a Wonderful World” at the event.

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