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Following in grandma's footsteps

Koinzan crowned Miss Clearwater Rodeo

Since she was a young girl, Luci Koinzan has dreamed of the moment she would be named rodeo queen.

The dream became reality, Friday, when the Neligh native was announced as Miss Clearwater Rodeo 2024.

"It's going to be a journey," she said. "I'm excited to start."

Koinzan's path to becoming rodeo royalty is dusted in the footprints of her grandmother, Sandi Stroheide Koinzan, the first Miss Clearwater Rodeo, crowned in 1976.

"I'm proud of her. It's a dream she's had," Sandy Koinzan said.

It's not the young Koinzan's first time galloping after her dream. Luci competed in the 2023 contest and fo...

 

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