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Teens have a lot to contribute to Rosemount

Young people have a lot to contribute to life in Rosemount. Just take a look at this issue of the Town Pages.

At Rosemount High School, the marching band provides music that entertains crowds and brings award after award to the school.

Other RHS students are stepping forward to accept Rachel's Challenge, an effort begun this week to improve the quality of life at the school and in the community. A similar project will begin early next month at Rosemount Middle School.

An RHS play that hit the stage Thursday night provides lessons about history and about the strength of the human spirit.

There are plenty more examples. Those are just the ones we covered this week.

Now the Rosemount City Council is giving the city's teens another opportunity to contribute.

With the creation of a youth commission the city is giving Rosemount teens a louder voice in the decisions made in their city. Teens have always had the opportunity to address the city council, but the city has never had such an organized effort to get their input.

It makes sense to ask. As Rosemount mayor Bill Droste said, teens have opinions and they're usually not shy about sharing them. And finding out what teens want from their city should make Rosemount a better place for everybody. It can lead to additions like the skate park the city built a few years ago, the kind of amenity that might not have been brought up if young people hadn't taken some initiative.

It's not clear yet exactly what role the youth commission will play in the city. But having that new perspective should bring some new ideas to city planning. Nobody knows better than young people what young people are looking for. Asking them what they want from their city should help make Rosemount a place where they enjoy growing up. The kind of place they come back to after they've grown and are looking for a home of their own.

Rosemount's teens have a lot to contribute. It's good to see them have a chance to do it.