Orono’s Jesse Bissen participates in Boys Nation

Jesse Bissen sits at the desk of sitting Minnesotan Senator Al Franken. (Submitted photo)
Jesse Bissen sits at the desk of sitting Minnesotan Senator Al Franken. (Submitted photo)
Having previously been selected to participate in American Legion Boys State, Orono High School senior Jesse Bissen was one of two boys chosen to represent Minnesota at Boys Nation this summer.

At Boys Nation, each delegate acts as a senator from his state. The delegates undergo a week of government training, which includes meeting with elected officials from each boy’s respective state.

The boys also visit federal agencies, national shrines institutions, memorials and historical sites. Bissen is among esteemed company; among many notable Boys Nation alumni are former president Bill Clinton.