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Dakota County students explored D.C.

Five students from local high schools in and around Dakota Electric Association's service territory recently returned from a trip of a lifetime to Washington, D.C. Dakota Electric's students joined more than 1,500 students from across the nation (37 total from Minnesota) for the 48th annual National Rural Electric Cooperative Association Rural Electric Youth Tour held June 16-21. Dakota Electric Association awarded the students an all-expense-paid trip after they completed the application and interview process in March.

Each year in June, an activity-filled week affords these high school youth opportunities to learn first hand what it is like to be involved in politics, community development and today's social issues. The events of the 2012 Youth Tour consisted of learning about governmental processes, issues of the day, electric cooperatives, American history and meeting with elected legislators, including Representative Kline and Senators Klobuchar and Franken.