Prior Lake’s Becca Kufrin is a top ‘Bachelor’ contestant

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Becca Kufrin, along with sister Emily and mother Jill, are pictured at a February 2012 ceremony where the late Steve Kufrin was inducted into the Minnesota Waterfowl Hall of Fame. At right, is BHS graduate and former local State Farm agent Paul Hanson.

Her parents once lived, worked in Benson
 

By Maggie Stanwood
Prior Lake American

Editor’s note: Becca Kufrin is the daughter of the late Steve Kufrin and Jill Kufrin, who now lives in Prior Lake. Steve was the sports editor and a columnist for the Monitor-News in the 1970s and 80s. Jill was a teacher at Northside Elementary. Her aunt, Amy (Kufrin) Benoit and her husband Larry, live in Benson.
 

There are spoilers of this season of ABC’s “The Bachelor” in this article. Don’t say you weren’t warned.

Prior Lake native Becca Kufrin already has Arie Luyendyk Jr. on one knee.

Literally.

During the season premiere of ABC’s “The Bachelor” on Monday night (Jan. 1,) Kufrin, 27, used her limo gimmick (what girls do to try and stand out on the first night once they exit a limo, meeting the bachelor for the first time) to have Luyendyk ask her if she was “ready to do the damn thing?”

Kufrin, a 2008 Prior Lake High School graduate, responded emphatically that she was.

“This is moving very fast, I think we should probably get rid of those other girls though,” Kufrin said.

As far as limo gimmicks go, it definitely wasn’t the worst. One girl had Luyendyk smell her armpits.

Kufrin, now a publicist in Minneapolis, managed to steal a bit of screen time that can be limited with 29 girls contending to win the heart of the bachelor. During her few minutes of conversation with Luyendyk later on in the episode (after everyone makes their entrances and there is a necessary amount of drama) she reads him questions that her mom actually wrote ahead of time and Kufrin brought with her.

“Family means a ton to me,” Kufrin said.

Though Kufrin didn’t receive the first impression rose — that honor went to a girl named Chelsea — she received the first rose at the ceremony later that night....

 

News about Kufrin and the Bachelor from other sources

The Bachelor is a reality TV show that airs at 7 p.m., Mondays, on ABC. It is now in its 22nd season.

Luyendyk Jr., is a race car driver who is the son of former Indy 500 winner Arie Luyendyk. He works in real estate in Scottsdale, Arizona. He says that after his stint as “The Bachelor,” he plans to return to his career. The race car driver and real estate agent is worth a reported $4 million.

Luyendyk is not new to reality TV. He made his debut in 2012 “when his heart was broken on national television by ‘Bachelorette’ Emily Maynard,” Variety magazine reports.....

About Becca Kufrin

She’s a senior account executive at Skyaa, a technology public relations firm in the Twin Cities. She graduated from Minnesota St. University – Mankato in 2012 with a B.S. in Mass Communications.

Like her late father, she loves dogs.

Steve died in September 2009 at the age of 66 after a five-year battle with brain cancer. Becca was 17 at the time.

After leaving the Monitor-News, Kufrin worked for the Minnesota Waterfowl Association editing its magazine for 15 years. He also spent 15 years with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife service as its partnership coordinator where he got conservation organizations and individuals to share costs with his agency’s effort to restore wildlife habitat.

Just prior to his death, Steve was honored in August 2009 with the dedication of the Federal U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s “Kufrin Waterfowl Production Area” in Big Stone County.

Jill Kufrin went on to teach in Prior Lake and has now retired. She stopped by a couple weeks ago to visit with us at the Monitor-News, but was sworn to secrecy on anything to do with The Bachelor....

 

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Pictured: Becca Kufrin, along with sister Emily and mother Jill, are pictured at a February 2012 ceremony where the late Steve Kufrin was inducted into the Minnesota Waterfowl Hall of Fame. At right, is BHS graduate and former local State Farm agent Paul Hanson.

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