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Winter Carnival’s first Klondike Kate, Carol Carney, dies at 85

24May 2021

Carol Carney, the St. Paul Winter Carnival’s first Klondike Kate, died May 22 after a short nursing home stay.

When Carney was interviewed for an article that ran in the Pioneer Press on Jan. 25, she talked about her time as a Klondike Kate, the Winter Carnival’s mistress of “fun, frivolity and good fellowship.”  She sang, too.

Carney told the Pioneer Press that she competed for the sash “because I love Winter Carnival.”

The Kates celebrated 50 years at the 2021 Winter Carnival.

Carney’s daughter Lori Bestler said she was admitted to a nursing home on May 7.

There will be a celebration of life on Tuesday, May 25, at Grandstrand Funeral Home in Lindstrom, with a 4-7 p.m. viewing and a 7-8 p.m. service.

Here’s our report from Jan. 25, 2021:

50 years of Klondike Kate: ’71 winner Carol Carney is still feisty, friendly and ready to sing.

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Author: Kathy Berdan

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