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Fargo woman new Miss North Dakota

Samantha Edwards of Fargo is the new Miss North Dakota USA.

Sixteen-year-old Marisa Field of Minot is Miss North Dakota Teen USA for 2003.

They were crowned at the Fargo Theatre Sunday night.

Edwards is the daughter of Laurie and Larry Sayre. She will compete for the Miss USA title in March.

Field is the daughter of Jacqueline and Robert Field. She will compete for the Miss Teen USA title next August.

NBC will broadcast both national pageants live.

Edwards was among 17 women vying for the 2003 Miss North Dakota USA crown. Field competed against 27 other teens.

Judged rated the contestants in both pageants in three categories: evening gown, swimsuit/fitness and interview.

Both winners received prize packages including an all-expense paid trip to their national pageant, modeling contracts, cosmetic dentistry, jewelry and a $16,000 scholarship to the University of Mary, Bismarck.

Runners-up in the Miss North Dakota USA pageant were: first, Katie Reim, Bismarck; second, Nicole Earnest, Minot; third, Keely Lovgren, Williston; fourth, Natalie Larson, Fargo.

Reim also won the People's Choice Award. The judges named Randi Schneider, Beulah, Miss Congeniality.

Runners-up in the Miss North Dakota Teen USA competition were: first, Coral Turner, Minot; second, Talara Jojola, Fort Yates; third, Becky Inches, Minot; fourth, Elizabeth Knutson, Sherwood.

Nicole Zent, Bismarck, received the People's Choice Award. Natalie Sather, Fargo, was named Miss Congeniality. Inches received the Miss Photogenic title.