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American Legion Post 501 will send three to Boys State

The American Legion Post 501, Woodbury, has selected Joe Stauber, Jacob Rygh and Triston Utech as citizens for the 68th session of The American Legion's Minnesota Boys State program.

Held annually at Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall, Minn., Boys State is a weeklong learning experience in local and state government. Its citizens will organize and operate their own city, county and state governments. They will be encouraged, through participation, toward a better civic behavior and appreciation of democratic ideals.

This year's event will take place June 12-18.

Counselors are members of The American Legion Department of Minnesota, and come from all sections of the state to teach the young men in attendance at Minnesota Boys State. Boys State is not a military training camp, nor does it favor any existing political party ideals.

Tom Grezek, commander of The American Legion Post 501, is the Post Boys State Chairman for 2016.

Michelle Leonard

Michelle Leonard joined the Woodbury Bulletin staff in November, 2014, after 14 years covering news for the Bulletin's sister publication, the Farmington Rosemount Independent Town Pages.  Michelle earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications: News-Editorial from Mankato State University in 1991. She is an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary Clifford Larson Unit 189 of Farmington, and served as the 2014-15 Third District President to the American Legion Auxiliary Department of Minnesota. Michelle is also the volunteer coordinator for the Minnesota Newspaper Museum which is open annually during the Minnesota State Fair. She has earned Minnesota Newspaper Association awards in Investigative Reporting, Local News Coverage, Feature Photography and Column Writing. 

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