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Bertha-Hewitt student attends 2018 Youth Tour


by Trinity Gruenberg

    A trip to Washington D.C. is a highlight for many who make it to the U.S. capitol city. Kaija Weishalla, a sophomore from the Bertha-Hewitt School, was chosen to represent the Todd-Wadena Electric Cooperative and joined 40 other Minnesotans on an all expense paid trip to Washington D.C. 

    “I was surprised and really excited. Thanks to the Todd-Wadena Electric Cooperative for selecting me!” she shared.

    Weishalla and the other chosen Minnesotans joined 1600 other students from across the nation to participate in the 2018 Youth Tour. 

    The Todd-Wadena Electric Cooperative notified their members and local schools of a student essay contest they sponsor. The essay included why they would like to go on this trip and they answered questions about electric cooperatives. The finalists were narrowed down and phone interviews were conducted.  Weishalla was selected for the trip. 

    This was her first time visiting Washington D.C. 

    The students flew to Washington D.C. on June 9 and returned home on June 14. 

    She met fellow students from Nevis, Pine River, Pequot Lakes and more. 

    “We saw everything,” said Weishalla. 

    The group of Minnesotans shared a charter bus throughout the trip with an informative bus driver who would point out different sites such as the FBI headquarters. 

    They visited the Smithsonian where she greatly enjoyed the geology and dinosaur exhibits. . . .

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