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Minnetonka Student Chosen For St. Lucia Court

Ellen Krueger was chosen by Gustavus Adolphus College based on courageous leadership, strength of character, service to others and compassion.

A local college student will represent Minnetonka at a Gustavus Adolphus College festival.

Ellen Krueger is one of five sophomore women who have been chosen to serve on the Lucia Court, as part of the college's seasonal tradition.

Gustavus Adolphus College will celebrate its 71st annual Festival of St. Lucia on Thursday, Dec. 8. Besides Krueger, this year's court consists of Susan Crane of Des Moines; Annalise Dobbelstein of Bemidji; Elizabeth Johnson of Plymouth; and Jennifer Werness of Burnsville. The women are chosen based on courageous leadership, strength of character, service to others, and compassion.

The Festival of St. Lucia begins the Christmas season in Swedish custom and is traditionally on Dec. 13. On this day in Sweden, the eldest daughter plays the role of St. Lucia by preparing and serving baked goods and coffee to her family at sunrise. Wearing a crown of lighted candles, Lucia represents the return of light that will end the long winter nights and serves as a symbol of hope and peace for the Christmas season.

At Gustavus, the St. Lucia Court traditionally sings carols in the College's residence halls during the early morning on the day of the crowning. Lucia is chosen through a campus community vote, which will take place on Monday, Dec. 5 and Tuesday, Dec. 6.

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