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ILS students visit State Capitol

Front row, from left to right: Alex Schroeder, Noah Fitzner, Chloe Kachelmeier, Ayra Goblirsch. Second row, left to right: Jacksen Wills, Micah Thomas, Lucas Thomas, Lexie Goff, Adam Mages, Jane Zajac, Michele Schroeder, chaperone. Third row, left to right: Carter Wills, Kendra Flitter, Shae Monroe, Ali Bruns, Sydney Hulke, Rep. Jeff Brand. Fourth row, left to right: Melissa Bruns, chaperone; Ethan Goff, Riley Gieseke, Grace Mages, Gavin Bode. Top row, left to right: Mark and Deb Thomas, Greg Mages, Jason Schroeder, Dan Erdman, Emily Heintz, all chaperones.

ST. PAUL — Nineteen students in grades 5th through 8th from Immanuel Lutheran School of Courtland visited the State Capitol in St. Paul on Monday, February 24.

The highlight of the trip was a meeting with the Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan. The students also met with their elected officials Rep. Jeff Brand (District 19A), Rep. Paul Torkelson (District 16B), and Sen. Nick Frentz (District 19). During this time, the students presented information about ILS to their elected officials, heard from them about their roles at the capitol and in government, and had time for questions and answers with each of them.

The students participated in a guided tour of the capitol building, heard from the assistant sergeant-at-arms about the student page program, learned what a lobbyist does, and attended the Greater Minnesota Jobs and Economic Development Finance Division Committee meeting.

At the end of the day, the group attended Monday’s session for the Minnesota House of Representatives. As guests, 8th grade students, Gavin Bode, Riley Gieseke, Ethan Goff, and Grace Mages, were seated on the House Floor while the rest of the group were seated above in the House Gallery.

ILS is one of the oldest schools in Minnesota. Immanuel Lutheran School is a Christian day school supported by Immanuel Lutheran Church (Missouri Synod) in rural Courtland since 1864. Currently, 61 students attend the school in grades preK-8. Visit www.immanuelcourtland.com for more information.

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