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Mrs. Jamestown earns Mrs. North Dakota title

Mrs. McLean County Sarah Gratton, left, and Mrs. Jamestown Eliza Potratz, right, wait to see who will be crowned Mrs. North Dakota 2014 at the Jamestown Civic Center Saturday. Kari Lucin / The Sun

Mrs. Jamestown Eliza Potratz earned the title of Mrs. North Dakota Saturday at the 2014 Mrs. North Dakota America Pageant at the Jamestown Civic Center.

“What I stand for is being a volunteer, being kind and making that journey a walk to remember,” Potratz said of her areas of focus as a titleholder.

Potratz, who was born and raised in Jamestown, is a full-time student at University of Jamestown and will graduate in May with a degree in criminal justice.

She hopes to follow in her parents’ footsteps and become part of the law enforcement community, first as a police officer but with the eventual goal of becoming a criminal justice teacher.

The “walk to remember” part of her philosophy was inspired by her father, who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.

“We all have life struggles, and finding the joy in little things, it helps,” Potratz said, emphasizing the importance of people finding their inner strength as well as living in the moment, finding memories and enjoying them.

One of Potratz’s past projects was to raise money for the local Cops and Kids charity program, which pairs law enforcement officials with young people to go Christmas shopping. She raised $1,600.

She said she was surprised that she had been awarded the Mrs. North Dakota crown.

Her family — parents Edwin and Mary Holzworth, her husband, Jamie Potratz and children, Brandyn, 10, and Savannah, 7 — was in the crowd, supporting her.

The first runner-up in the competition was Sarah Gratton, Mrs. McLean County. The second runner-up was Rhonda Lura, Mrs. Carrington, and third runner-up was Shannon Smith-Eidson, Mrs. Fargo.

Sun reporter Kari Lucin can be reached at (701) 952-8453 or by email at

Kari Lucin

Kari Lucin joined the Grand Forks Herald as a multimedia producer in August 2014. Previously, she worked for a few years at the Jamestown Sun in Jamestown, N.D., as a staff writer, and prior to that, for about six years as staff writer and later online content coordinator, at the Daily Globe in Worthington, Minn. A graduate of Jackson County Central High School and Augsburg College, she has a bachelor's degree in philosophy and English. Find more of her writing at her blog, Oh Look, a Shiny Thing! or on Twitter at @karilucin.

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