State Rep. John Ward, DFL-Brainerd, is encouraging all interested high school juniors to apply for the Minnesota House of Representatives High School Page Program.

For more than 30 years, the Minnesota House of Representatives High School Page Program has been dedicated to providing participants with hands-on access to state government in action. Students selected for the program meet individually with House members and discuss issues of interest and current legislation, assist members during floor sessions, participate in mock committee debates, and meet with constitutional officers, members of the judiciary, lobbyists and the media.

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Throughout the course of their week in Saint Paul, participants are exposed to a wide variety of experiences, each designed to provide them with a deeper understanding of how state government works.

More information about the Minnesota House of Representatives High School Page Program can be found on the House website at www.house.mn or by contacting Rep. Ward at (651) 296-4333 or by e-mail at rep.john.ward@house.mn. The deadline to apply for the program is Nov. 12.

Christmas Tour of Homes tickets on sale

NISSWA - Tickets are still on sale for the 2010 Christmas Tour of Homes scheduled Oct. 21-23.

The Oct. 22 tour has been sold out, but people can still purchase tickets for the morning and afternoon tours on Oct. 21 and the morning tour on Oct. 23.

Tickets are $53 per person, which includes tour of four homes and a lunch. Tickets are available by cash or check at the Nisswa Chamber of Commerce. Proceeds for the tour support the Lakes Area Food Shelf.

For the morning tours, registration begins at 7:30 a.m. at the Timberwood Church in Nisswa. The afternoon tours, registration begins at 12:30 p.m. at Cragun's Resort and Hotel on Gull Lake.

For more information call the Chamber office at (800) 950-9610 or 963-2620.