Minot’s own Caitlyn Vogel, the Miss North Dakota USA, earned first runner up in the Miss USA 2021 pageant Monday night.

Vogel is a fifth-generation North Dakotan and competed with a total of 51 women in Tulsa, Oklahoma for the title.

In a Facebook post on the Miss North Dakota USA page, Vogel said she was ready to compete and wear her home, North Dakota, across her heart.

“I have prayed for a day like today. Not necessarily to win Miss USA, but to compete at an elite national level with my home across my heart, spend a week getting to know each individual contestant and to be genuinely proud of the woman I am today as I stand on that stage. To my support system, I cannot thank you enough. You all have played a role. North Dakota, I love ya & I hope to make you proud ♥️

Caitlyn Vogel