They've been studying the case for days, travel to TRF to see and hear high court in action.

    Thursday in Thief River Falls, 30 Crookston High School seniors and a couple juniors enrolled in American Government class witnessed oral arguments being made by attorneys in an actual case currently before the Minnesota Supreme Court.


    The state’s high court each year typically embarks on similar trips to a couple school districts in Minnesota to expose young people to selected cases and the court’s process of adjudicating them, and this week they had a visit to Thief River Falls scheduled. With space for 30 more slots available, representatives from Lincoln High School in Thief River Falls reached out to CHS and asked if they’d like to send some students. As a result, CHS American Government teacher Shelly Thomforde said, government students in her class or Robbe Nessler’s who wanted to go put their names in a hat and the first 30 names drawn boarded a bus at 7:30 a.m. Thursday for the trip to Thief River Falls. Nessler accompanied them.


    Thomforde said she and Nessler’s students have been studying for the past few days the particular court case they were going to be exposed to in order to better understand the arguments they’d hear.


    “It’s an incredible experience for these students,” Thomforde said.


    “What a cool opportunity for our kids,” CHS Principal Eric Bubna added.