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Editorial: Student representation on park board is a positive

Jonathan Nutzmann got a remarkable education in Rosemount that had nothing to do with what he learned in school.

For more than three years, the Rosemount High School graduate served as a student volunteer on the city's parks and recreation board. He didn't get to vote, but he had an opportunity to provide input on how the city developed its parks and trails. It was an important role, and it brought a perspective to the process that would otherwise have been missing.

Adults on the park board know how they use parks themselves, and perhaps how they use them as parents, but it's harder for them to speak for teens.

Nutzmann provided that perspective.

"I can't say enough about the work he's done," park and rec director Dan Schultz said.

The experience was good for Nutzmann, too. Though he doesn't have plans to pursue a career in parks and recreation -- he's currently studying electrical engineering at the University of Minnesota -- he got a first-hand look at the inner workings of local government. Both the pleasure that comes from creating a new park and the frustration that can result when things don't run as smoothly as you'd like.

Now a college freshman, Nutzmann has given up his position on the parks board. He'll be replaced by another RHS student, Stephen Sawyer.

That's a good thing. It's good that the city offers this kind of experience for students, and it's good that there are students willing to take on the responsibilities that come with the job. Rosemount is better for it.