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Osakis student earns trip to nation's capital

Morgan Herzog

Morgan Herzog, a student at Osakis Public School, has been selected as the winner of Arvig's essay contest and will attend the Foundation for Rural Services (FRS) Youth Tour, June 2-6, 2018.

Herzog will join more than 100 other high school students from rural America for an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., where they'll get an inside look at the legislation and governmental process of the telecommunications industry.

The essay contest addressed the topic of "Technology and Rural Life." In her essay, Herzog focused mostly on how technology has affected her hometown of Osakis, including education, commerce and transportation. Here is an excerpt from her submission:

"I believe that communication is the most important technology that has been involved in the advancement in small towns. Social media allows for people to communicate with people all over the world. Television and radio help in the same way. A lot of the businesses in Osakis have some form of social media that is used for publicity. The whole town benefits from the visitors attracted to the local businesses. Chances are people visiting will spend money at multiple places in the town which will keep local businesses going and keep the town thriving."

David Arvig, chief operating office/vice president of Arvig, said the Youth Tour provides young people a once-in-a-lifetime learning experience. "We're excited to support an opportunity like this and to send Morgan as our representative," he said.

The FRS Youth Tour provides a forum for teens to meet and interact with their peers from other rural communities, as well as key legislative, regulatory and government figures. The Youth Tour delegates will explore historic sites including Arlington National Cemetery, Capitol Hill, Mount Vernon, Lincoln Memorial, Washington National Cathedral, the U.S. Supreme Court and Smithsonian Institution.

About FRS

The Foundation for Rural Service (FRS), in cooperation with the National Telecommunications Cooperative Association (NTCA) and its members, seeks to sustain and enhance the quality of life throughout rural America by advancing an understanding of rural telecommunications issues. For more information, go to

About Arvig

Arvig is a full-service telecommunications provider. In addition to providing internet, television and local telephone services, Arvig also provides managed IT services, construction, security and more. For more information, visit