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To learn more about Cycle 5’s winner Nicole Linkletter, visit her bio page here.

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In September of 2004, Cycle 5 winner Nicole Linkletter wrote a letter to the University Chronicle at St. Cloud State University (during her sophomore year) regarding the reliability of the St. Cloud Police Department when she and her friend were mugged on campus. Here is the text from her online letter:

SCPD is Busy with Booze

I thought I was doing everything right to keep myself safe last Friday night. I was walking with a friend in a well-lit area across the street from campus. All of the sudden, we heard someone running behind us. In a split second, two guys ran up on both sides of us, violently shoving me to the ground and stealing my purse.

I screamed for help, but it happened so fast no one had time to react.

The first thing I thought of when I got to my feet was to call 911. This was where the real issue began. The 911 dispatcher said they would send someone out to the scene to take a report. I was relieved to know the authorities were on there way. Or so I thought.

Forty-five minutes later, I was still standing outside in the cold. Fortunately, two people that had been walking home from the grocery store waited with us. We called the SCPD and were informed that they were very busy and it would be a while. Finally around 1:30 we decided to forget the police and head home. A little after 3:30, the officer finally decided to show up at my apartment and take down a report.

I don’t know where those robbers ran off to that night, but I do know where the SCPD was. On the way home, I saw multiple squad cars and a huge red van with a group of cops around it. If I had only had a few beers in me I could have had a free ride straight to the station in that red van.

Unfortunately, that was not the case. At a time when I felt most vulnerable, I was let down by the people who are suppose to make us feel safe.

Why does it seem like the cops are always in the places that we don’t want them, but never in the place where we need them? Keep up the great work St. Cloud Police Department!

Nicole Linkletter Second year student – Marketing

To learn more about Cycle 5’s winner Nicole Linkletter, visit her bio page here.

Source: University Chronicle

In September of 2006, the Grand Forks Herald interviewed Cycle 5 winner Nicole Linkletter one year following her win on Top Model. Here is the text from the article (written by Ali Rude, Herald Staff Writer):

A Fashionable View from the Top
Grand Forks’ Nicole Linkletter talks about her year as Top Model.

As the season five winner of “America’s Next Top Model,” Grand Forks native Nicole Linkletter knows what it’s like to spend a year at the top.

It’s been almost one year since the 21-year-old Linkletter was awarded the title of America’s Next Top Model. The popular reality TV series on UPN has taken Linkletter around the country and across half the world. Before jetting off to Amsterdam for another modeling job this week, Linkletter was home in Grand Forks and had time to tell the Herald what the year has been like.

Linkletter, a 2003 graduate of Red River High School, had no prior modeling experience when she made the top 13 finalists and eventually won the grand prize of America’s Next Top Model. Linkletter won the opportunity to be managed by Ford Models, a $100,000 contract with CoverGirl cosmetics, a fashion spread in Elle magazine and the cover photo of ElleGirl magazine, posing with supermodel Tyra Banks.

The ElleGirl cover was part of her prize package, but that’s not the only magazine cover Linkletter has graced. In the past year, Linkletter also has made the cover of Women’s Health & Fitness, Lemonade and Vanidades, a popular Latin women’s fashion magazine. Combined, the magazines circulate to more than 1.5 million people.

She’s had to get used to seeing her own face in and on those magazines.

“It’s weird,” she said. “But it’s definitely one of the fun parts.”

Another fun part for Linkletter has been traveling. She said she’s loved traveling and is excited to do more. She ventured to London for “Top Model” and to Paris for her winning photo shoot. She’s had extended stays in Los Angeles and New York City and says she’d really like to live in Japan for a few months.

Linkletter said she plans to continue to model for Ford Models as well as take acting classes. She says she definitely wants to finish her degree and will start taking night classes as soon as her schedule gives her the chance. For now, she said, she’s taking it one day at a time and right now, she’s taking that day in Amsterdam.

Still, even while adapting to the changes of a job that has made her be everything from a spokeswoman for CoverGirl to a judge for the 2006 Miss USA pageant, Linkletter says she loves coming home to Grand Forks.

“All my family and a lot of my friends are still around here, so I always enjoy coming home,” she said. “And talking to my family and friends keeps me down to earth.”

To learn more about Cycle 5’s winner Nicole Linkletter, visit her bio page here.

Source: TMLJ / Grand Forks Herald

To learn more about Cycle 5’s winner Nicole Linkletter, visit her bio page here.

To learn more about Cycle 5’s winner Nicole Linkletter, visit her bio page here.

Source: Dimitri Halkidis / WENN

To learn more about Cycle 5’s winner Nicole Linkletter, visit her bio page here.


To learn more about Cycle 5’s winner Nicole Linkletter, visit her bio page here.

Source: David Livingston Getty Images

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