Minnesota students in front of the White House.

Students from Minnesota pose in front of the White House during the 2017 Youth Tour.

Dakota Electric Association will provide five high school juniors and seniors the opportunity to travel to Washington, D.C. as part of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association’s (NRECA) Youth Tour, June 9-14.

Each June, more than 1,500 students from across the country travel to Washington, D.C. for the NRECA Youth Tour. During the trip, they learn about electric cooperatives and government, meet elected officials and tour national monuments and sites, including the Smithsonian, the FBI building and more.

“We are happy to be able to offer this educational opportunity to our local students,” Dakota Electric’s President and CEO Greg Miller said. “This is a great way to teach our young people about our national government and electric cooperatives.”

To apply, students who live in a household that receives power from Dakota Electric can pick up an application from their high school guidance counselor, download it off the web or pick one up at Dakota Electric’s Farmington office.

The application deadline is February 22. Interviews are scheduled for March 15 and 20. For more information, call Peggy Johnson at 651-463-6110 or 1-800-874-3409, ext. 110.