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FCCLA students attend Legislative Shadow Day in St. Paul

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Cindi Koll, WDC FCCLA Advisor

Wadena-Deer Creek Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) members Shania Lannes, Hope Norenberg and Angela Torkkola applied and were accepted to be a part of the Minnesota FCCLA Legislative Shadow Day at the Capitol last week. FCCLA adviser Cindi Koll accompanied the students.

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Twenty FCCLA members from throughout the state participated in the event.

The members took part in training with state FCCLA staff in the morning, and then spent four hours shadowing a Minnesota state senator or representative.

Lannes shadowed Sen. Tom Saxhaug, DFL-Grand Rapids, Norenberg shadowed Sen. Chuck Wiger, DFL-Maplewood, and Torkkola shadowed Sen. Melisa Franzen, DFL-Edina.

The girls found the experience to be informative, as the event fell during a busy time for the legislators.

“I loved shadowing Melisa Franzen. I got to attend committee meetings with her. She was very interested in the FCCLA Financial Fitness project,” Torkkola said.

Lannes and Norenberg also enjoyed the opportunity.

“It was really interesting. I got to go to the Domestic Violence Rally at the Capitol. I also got to listen to bills being read and voted on,” Norenberg said.

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