7/17/2013 8:51:00 AM Missling was right choice for Storden 2013 Girls Stater
It had been a number of years since the Storden American Legion Auxiliary had sent a junior girl to the annual Minnesota Girls State event at Bethel University in St. Paul.
Even though the community organization had selected candidates in the past, the girls were unable to attend due to prior commitments, conflicts or lack of interest. Not so in 2013.
Tyra Missling, the 17-year-old daughter of Jeremiah and Ruth Missling of Storden, accepted the all-expenses-paid invitation to attend the weeklong camp - and she's glad she did.
While she admits that she was a little apprehensive about attending, mostly because she had no idea what the convention was like, she came back enthused and excited about what the program offered.
"I had heard from other girls that if you didn't run for an office, it was boring," says Missling, who will be a senior at Red Rock Central High School in Lamberton in the fall. "I thought it might be boring, but it wasn't - not at all."
Girls State brings together almost 400 girls from across Minnesota for a practical learning experience in local and state government. Participants organize and operate their own city, county and state governments.
When Girls Staters arrived they were assigned to one of nearly a dozen different cities - some large, some small. They also were assigned to the "Federalist" or "Nationalist" party, the equivalent of Democrat or Republican party.
Missling was assigned to the fictitious city of "Sah-Kay-Tay" and took an appointment from her city's mayor as the city's Chief of Police. Because she took the appointment she was ineligible to run for an office. On the other hand, if she had declined the appointment to run for office, there was a chance she may not get elected. Those that were not elected, served in the Senate or House.
She was glad she took the appointment.
"If you were in a city position, you could participate in the mock trials like we have in civics at RRC," Missling explains. "Since I was the Chief of Police, I also was the bailiff. I could listen to both sides of the trial as they thought up their strategies for the trial.
"I could give them advice and if someone was saying the wrong words, trying to make the person sound innocent or guilty, I could correct them.
"And because I was the Chief of Police, I got a card to get into any building at Bethel. So, I got a ton of calls from other girls to run back and forth from our dorm to the building where we were actually meeting, to let girls in and out."
For more on her experience, see the story on the County Page of the July 17 issue of the Cottonwood County Citizen on newsstands today.