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Seven Pequot Lakes students attend Legion Boys State

Pequot Lakes High School students who attended Boys State included Joshua Gudahl, Dillon Nichols, Henry Liedl, Jordan Lelwica, Oliver Erholtz, Adam Glenski and Lucas Mumm. Submitted Photo1 / 2
Lucas Mumm delivers a campaign speech at the American Legion Boys State Program.Submitted Photo2 / 2

Seven Pequot Lakes High School (PLHS) students attended the American Legion Boys State Program from June 15-21 at Southwest Minnesota State University (SMSU) in Marshall.

There are three American Legion Posts in the area with residents attending PLHS. With a selection by drawing the names out of the hat, Crosslake/Fifty Lakes Post #500 sponsored Joshua Gudahl and Dillon Nichols; Nisswa Post #627 sponsored Henry Liedl and Jordan Lelwica; and Pequot Lakes Post #49 sponsored Oliver Erholtz, Adam Glenski and Lucas Mumm.

Legion Boys State is a practical training program in local and state government in which the boys participate in actual learning experiences illustrating the principles of a representative form of government. The hope is it will arouse an enduring interest in governmental affairs.

The Boys State citizens choose their own officials in accordance with regular election procedures. They organize and operate their own city, county and state governments. Bills are introduced and debated in their legislature. Justice is administered by their own law enforcement agencies and courts. They are assigned to mythical political parties, "Federalist" and "Nationalist," for operational purposes and to illustrate some of the responsibilities they will be called upon to assume when they become adults. The citizens develop their own party platforms.

The seven Boys State participants from PLHS held many offices from police chief and council members to mayor or district court judge; party delegates to both parties going to the county and state conventions; Platform Committee, Rules Committee, Credentials Committee members, convention chairmen or parliamentarian; several representatives and one senator.

A highlight of the week was Mumm being elected as the Federalist Party's candidate for governor. He was defeated in the election by the candidate from the Nationalist Party. He was selected as the Outstanding Boys Stater from the city of Hibbing. He was selected as the winner of the Lee Krough Award, the third highest award issued at Boys State, and the First Alternate Boys Nation Senator.

Ken Meyer of Pequot Lakes American Legion Post #49 is the Boys State chairman.

This was the 66th year for Minnesota Boys State and the eighth year at SMSU. The program is for boys just finishing their junior year of high school, and PLHS has traditionally been well represented.