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Arbach, Sands at Miss Minnesota Pageant

Miss Minnesota contestants Rachael Sands and Shanda Arbach are participating in this week's pageant activities.

Miss Morris Area Shanda Arbach and Miss Midwest Rachael Sands are two of 21 contestants participating in the 2011 Miss Minnesota Pageant.

Both girls will be busy with activities all week including a visit to Gillette Children's Hospital and the State Capitol.

Preliminary competitions will be held Thursday and Friday. The final competition and crowning will be Saturday. All shows are at the Eden Prairie High School Center for the Performing Arts.

Arbach's platform is "Everyday Miracle of Volunteer Service." Sands's platform is "Habitat for Humanity - Building Up Foundations for Success in your Community."