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Nebraska's most eligible bachelor — at least according to Cosmopolitan Magazine — is a 20-year-old Ogallala man who was nominated by his mom.
Dexter Robertson, a muscular former high school athlete with flowing blond locks, represents the beef state in the magazine's annual nationwide search. Eligible men from all 50 states are featured in the magazine's November issue, as well as in an online poll on Cosmopoliton.com. Readers can vote for their favorite bachelor between now and Oct. 18. Cosmo editors will choose the winner from the 10 bachelors who receive the most votes online.
The magazine selected Council Bluffs native Nick McCoy, 25, as Iowa's most eligible bachelor. As far as he knows, Robertson is the first person from Ogallala to make the pages of Cosmo.
Robertson's mother, Danette Hansmeier, nominated her son in April, after her daughter alerted her to the contest.
She sent in a photograph and a description, and a few weeks later received an email requesting more photographs and information about her son. She wrote that he was a nice gentleman and would be a very good boyfriend.
“And I think he's handsome,” she said.
He made the cut, and in June, Robertson, McCoy, and the other 48 semi-finalists flew to New York for pictures.
It was Robertson's first time in New York, as well as his first time as the subject of a photo shoot.
“It felt kind of weird at first, but once a few pictures got taken, I relaxed a little bit and it got a lot easier.”
Since then, he said, calls, emails and votes have come pouring in from friends and family in Nebraska — as well as in St. Paul, Minn., where he moved less than a month ago. He's taking time off from school and looking for work.
He's also still looking for a girlfriend, specifically “a nice sweet girl that has the same interests as me and is funny and just a good person.”
Robertson said his interests were wide-ranging. He likes sports and art and he's up for trying about anything.
He and McCoy, a design engineer at Modern Equipment Co., will return to New York for the Bachelor of the Year announcement, a two-day trip this month that will include a stop on the “Today” show on Oct. 18 with the rest of the nominees.
The winner will receive $10,000.
The money would be nice, Robertson said.
“But if found a really nice girl that I got along with, that would be just as good,” he said.