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Legion Auxiliary sponsors delegate to MN Girls State

John Bridges Unit No. 15, American Legion Auxiliary of Detroit Lakes, once again sponsored a delegate to Minnesota Girls State that was held June 8-14.

Its delegate to Girls State was Caitlin Grubb, daughter of Karen and Darrin Grubb of Detroit Lakes. Caitlin's sister, Megan, was one of its delegates in 2005.

Girls State was held on the campus of Bethel College in St. Paul.

Corrine Frank is the Girls State chairman for Unit 15.

The local delegate to Girls State has completed her junior year at Detroit Lakes High School in 2008, and will be in the 2009 graduating class at DLHS. American Legion Auxiliary units throughout Minnesota sponsor the delegates to the program.

Girls State is a weeklong course in government for girls who have just completed their junior year in high school. During the week, the girls heard speakers from Minnesota government, learned how different levels of government work and set up their own governments.

To get hands-on experience in campaigning and voting the girls are divided into cities and counties that make up Girls State. The girls choose an office, at any level, which they would like to run for, campaign for the office and elections follow. During the remainder of the week, the elected officials are in charge of the Girls State government.

Tours and visits by various state officials are also part of the weeklong program.

The John Bridges American Legion Auxiliary has had delegates at Girls State every year from 1952 to present, except 1995, 2000 and 2006.