RC Legion congratulates Boys, Girls State entrants

From left: Clarice Stream, Girls State coordinator; President of Rush City American Legion Auxiliary Sheila Opatz; Girls State entrant Allissa Mell; Boys State entrant Joey Broding; Rush City American Legion Commander Ken Opatz and Rush City American Legion Adjutant Dennis Pederson. Photo supplied

From left: Clarice Stream, Girls State coordinator; President of Rush City American Legion Auxiliary Sheila Opatz; Girls State entrant Allissa Mell; Boys State entrant Joey Broding; Rush City American Legion Commander Ken Opatz and Rush City American Legion Adjutant Dennis Pederson. Photo supplied

Rush City American Legion Post 93 recently sponsored two students to go to Boys State and Girls State this year. They are Allissa Mell and Joey Broding

The American Legion Boys and Girls State programs are week-long experiences of learning about Minnesota government at the local, county and state levels by “doing.”

During the camp, attendees, in addition to living together in 30-34 person “cities,” work together through a mock political process.

Participants have been traveling to Southwest Minnesota State University campus in Marshall, Minn., the past eight years to partake in the program, but it’s been around far longer than that — nearly 80 years.

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