Tricounty News

Jonathan Massmann to Boys State



James Herda of the American Legion in Kimball announced that at a recent Post meeting, it was voted to send a boy to the 64th Annual American Legion "Legion Boys State." Jonathan Massmann of Kimball attendedLegion Boys State, held June 10-16, on the campus of Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall. Roseann Petty was named Post Boys State Chairman.

Scholars to Boys State must be junior in high school. They are singly honored in view of the outstanding qualifications set forth as requirements in selecting them. They are named through cooperation of the Post, high school faculty, and leading citizens in the community.

Legion Boys State is a practical learning experience in local and state government. Its citizens will apply knowledge already gained through their school experience and additional knowledge provided through instruction by competent individuals from selected governmental areas to organize and operate their own city, county, and state governments. They will be encouraged, through participation, toward a better civic behavior and appreciation of our democratic ideals. It is in no way a military training camp. Programs will be considered without reference to any existing political party and will be free from political propaganda. It is not a recreational outing.

Legion Boys State was first held in Minnesota in 1949, with 169 boys attending on the St. Paul Campus, University of Minnesota. Last year, there were about 340 Boys Staters on the campus of Southwest Minnesota State University for the 2011 Boys State Program.

The local Post has been represented by boys through the history of the program.