Newly crowned Miss North Dakota, Sidni Kast, plans to dedicate her reign to spotlighting holistic health

The UND student, who also holds the title Miss Grand Forks, says she's "excited" to represent the state in the Miss America competition

Miss North Dakota 2021 Reyna Bergstrom crowns Sidni Kast as Miss North Dakota 2022 on Saturday, June 11, in Williston. Kast, a UND student pursuing a doctor of physical therapy degree, also holds the title Miss Grand Forks.
Photo by J.K. Geyerman
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GRAND FORKS – Sidni Kast, a UND physical therapy student, will shine a spotlight on holistic health as the focus of her platform during her reign as 2022 Miss North Dakota.

Kast, who was crowned on Saturday, June 11, in Williston, was among 13 young women vying for the title.

As part of the competition, each candidate developed a “social impact initiative” that encompassed her public message, Kast said. Her initiative, The One Body Movement, “really focuses on the influence that the mind, body and spirit have on your overall health,” she said.

In public speaking opportunities as Miss North Dakota, she plans to emphasize the importance of “taking care of our bodies, no matter what age we are, and knowing that it is something we have to invest in.

“It’s also something I’m learning about every day,” said Kast, who’s pursuing a doctor of physical therapy degree. She plans to complete the three-year program in spring 2024.


Kast welcomes school leaders and other organization representatives to submit requests for her appearance through the Miss North Dakota website, she said.

Kast expects that the first six months of her one-year reign will be focused on preparing for the Miss America competition in December in Connecticut, she said.

In August, she plans to attend a Miss America orientation session in Dallas, where she’ll meet other candidates who “are going to be competing for the job of Miss America,” she said.

That event will also include a national competition among the teams that support the states' candidates for the title of Miss America, Kast said. “So we’ll also get to cheer on our team.”

Minot native

Kast, a native of Minot, graduated from Minot High School in 2016 and went to earn an undergraduate degree in biology at Minot State University in 2019.

The daughter of Scott and Brenda Kast of Minot, she first became interested in the Miss Norsk Hostfest competition in Minot because of the scholarship opportunities it presented and the chance to perform on stage, she said.

Growing up, she had always been active in choir and theater productions, but those opportunities diminished after her high school graduation.

Kast was crowned Miss Norsk Hostfest in 2019. That contest qualified her to participate in the Miss North Dakota competition in the summer of 2021 – an event that was delayed due to COVID, she said.


She was crowned Miss Grand Forks in November 2021.

At the Miss North Dakota competition last week, Kast earned the Overall High Score Talent Award, based on her piano and vocal performance of “Somebody to Love,” by Queen.

“For Miss America, I might do the same thing, or I might change it a little bit – but, at the end of the day, it’s whatever I feel most confident performing on national TV,” she said.

Reyna Bergstrom (left), Miss North Dakota 2021, presents the Overall High School Talent Award to Sidni Kast, Miss Grand Forks, during the Miss North Dakota scholarship competition June 11, 2022 in Williston. Kast performed a piano and vocal rendition of "Somebody to Love," by Queen, to win the award.
Photo by J.K. Geyerman

Benefits of participation

Kast has grown from her participation in these competitions, she said, citing “fully developing into my authentic self and finding what my passions are and how to relate these passions to others. The overall self-confidence, the interview experience and stage presence is something I really cherish and have learned a lot through.”

Another important benefit has been “the people I’ve gotten to meet through the process … people that you get to not only meet, but really know on a personal level. And being able to have those authentic conversations has been something I’ve really enjoyed,” Kast said.

She’s also grateful that her UND professors “have been very understanding with my schedule thus far with Miss North Dakota,” and the board of the Miss North Dakota Scholarship Organization is also understanding, she said, “in the same sense that school is still a priority, because being in a doctoral program, it’s not always the easiest to defer a year when you’re already in it.”

Sidni Kast, a UND physical therapy student who holds the title Miss Grand Forks, was selected as Miss North Dakota 2022 at the annual scholarship competition recently in Williston.

For Kast, her experience in these competitions has been eye-opening. Entering the Miss Norsk Hostfest competition in 2019 was an entirely new experience.


“No one in my family has ever done something like this,” she said. “It wasn’t something I even considered doing until I did it.”

As she assumes the role of Miss North Dakota, she’s “excited” to represent the state, she said, “both on the national stage and when I’m going around to schools and doing my thing.”

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Pamela Knudson is a features and arts/entertainment writer for the Grand Forks Herald.

She has worked for the Herald since 2011 and has covered a wide variety of topics, including the latest performances in the region and health topics.

Pamela can be reached at or (701) 780-1107.
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