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Jesse Hacker among Scouts who visit state Capitol on March 19

Jesse Hacker, an Eagle Scout from Alexandria met with several state officials on March 19 to share Scouting's Annual Report to the State. (Contributed)

Jesse Hacker, an Eagle Scout from Alexandria, accompanied by 12 youth members representing all seven councils serving Minnesota, shared statewide and personal scouting highlights with top leaders at the state Capitol on March 19.

Hacker met with Governor Mark Dayton, Chief Justice of the State Supreme Court Lorie Skjerven Gildea, Senator John Harrington, Representative Kate Knuth and Secretary of State Mark Ritchie.

Scouting's Annual Report to the State is a combination meeting and speaking engagement. Each Boy Scout council selects at least one youth representative who joins other delegates for an entire day in meetings with top state governmental officials.

The group is kept small to enable a conversation between the youth and officials, to help them learn about leadership and state government, as well as for the youth to demonstrate leadership and communication skills.

In addition to sharing a personal scouting highlight, the delegation presented each state official with a summary of selected 2011 statewide statistics, including:

• There are more than 2,000 scouting packs, troops, crews and posts with more than 60,000 youth members.

• Members performed more than 200,000 hours of community service and collected more than 300,000 pounds of food for those in need.

• There were 947 Eagle Scouts in 2011.

Hacker is also a Venture Scout with the Crew chartered by the Maritime Museum and an Explorer with the Alexandria Fire Department.

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