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High schoolers can become pages at MN Legislature

Rep. Dale Lueck, R-Aitkin, urged high school juniors to gain hands-on experience with Minnesota's state government by serving as a page at the Capitol in St. Paul during the 2018 legislative session.

The House of Representatives page program has been in place for more than 40 years and Minnesota is one of only a select few states in the nation to offer this program, providing young people with such an in-depth look into state government, according to a news release from Lueck's office. High school pages attend meetings with legislators, constitutional officers, members of the judiciary and others. Pages also assist during House floor sessions, participate in mock committee hearings and more.

"The page program is a great opportunity for area youth to experience firsthand how the state Legislature and the executive and judicial branches work," Lueck said. "I urge our high school juniors to consider applying for this informative and fun program. Slots are available for next year beginning the week of March 5 through May 14."

Program participants are selected each year based on a formal process which includes an application, faculty recommendation and an essay. Stipends are available to defray expenses. Dec. 1 is the deadline for high school juniors to apply.

More information is available by logging on to www.house.mn and clicking the "High School Page Program" link near the bottom of the site, or by calling 651-296-7452. Local schools also can provide further guidance.

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