It took place June 15-21 at Southwest State University in Marshall

     Al Melvie, Commander of the Nels T. Wold Post 20 American Legion in Crookston, announces that Post 20 sponsored two boys to attend the 66th Annual American Legion Boys State that was held on the campus of Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall on June 15-21.    

    Scholars to Boys State must be juniors 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.  

    Selected to attend this year were Michael Kostrzewski, son of Cheryl and Jeff; and Chandler St. Michel, son of Lisa and Ryan St. Michel.    

    Legion Boys State is a practical learning experience in local and state government.    

    Its citizens 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 are encouraged, through participation, toward a better civic behavior and appreciation of our democratic ideals.    

    It is in no way a military training camp. Programs are 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 University of Minnesota St. Paul campus. Last year there were approximately 385 boys staters on the campus of Southwest Minnesota State University for the 2013 Boys State program.    

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