Mpls. journalist wins in 'Jeopardy!' debut; Winona woman on 'Price is Right'


One Minnesotan was crowned new "Jeopardy!" champion Thursday, and another will try her luck on "The Price is Right" Friday.

Judy Arginteanu, a former editor at the Pioneer Press, won $21,000 in her "Jeopardy!" debut -- more than $8,000 ahead of her closest competitor.

Arginteanu, who is currently a freelance writer and editor based in Minneapolis, will be back on "Jeopardy!" Friday at 4:30 p.m. on KARE-TV, locally.

In a video preview on the show's site Thursday, the journalist said, "Watch me on 'Jeopardy!' and see if I catch any spelling errors.

With any luck, Arginteanu will have a successful run on the syndicated quiz show like a fellow Minnesotan had last month.

Drew Horwood, a Maple Grove resident who works at Cargill as a systems analyst, won $138,000 on the show in March.

Horwood's eight straight victories on the show made him the fifth biggest winner on "Jeopardy!" in the show's 29 seasons on the air.

Meanwhile, a Winona woman is set to appear on "The Price is Right" Friday, the Winona Daily News reports.

Heidi Malewicki will appear on the game show at 10 a.m. on WCCO-TV, locally.

The appearance is part of a family strategy, as Malewick's family vacations near Los Angeles every year, and they all attempt to get on the show.

Malewicki's father, Tom, was the first family member selected to compete on the show, in March of 2012.

According to the Daily News, he was close enough on a shuffleboard to make it onto the stage and won $11,500 playing Plinko.

Malewicki won't be able to reveal her outcome until the show airs Friday.

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