May 6 marked the 59th annual Boy and Girl County day, where local high school students got a chance to see up close and personal the inner workings of Watonwan County.

Deb Grote, veteran’s service officer, said the program used to be comprised of juniors, but 2013 was the first year it became open only to sophomores. It provides experience for the students, and perhaps motivates them to get involved with Girls and Boys State later in their high school careers.

The guidance counselors at high schools in Madelia, St. James, and Butterfield recommend students for the event, and 25-30 students participate each year, Grote said. “They learn how county government runs, and it opens up career fields for these kids, showing them jobs within the county.”

For the rest of the story, as well as photos, please see the May 8 print edition of the St. James Plaindealer.