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NEMO students get inside look at local government

Adair County Circuit Judge Russell Steele talks with Novinger students during a tour of the courthouse (KTVO/Ashley Hoak)

A group of northeast Missouri students were able to get an inside look at the workings of local government.

Seventh grade students from Novinger toured the Adair County Courthouse in Kirksville Tuesday morning.

The event was hosted by the local American Legion chapter.

Students saw first hand what elected county officials do during a typical working day.

When KTVO cameras were at the courthouse, students were hearing from Adair County Circuit Judge Russell Steele.

Novinger social studies teacher Dan Sullivan told KTVO the tour proves beneficial to his students.

"Basically in the classroom, a lot of your more local government ideas do not come into the textbooks. So, this gives the students the opportunity to see government as it will actually affect them in their everyday life."

At the end of the tour, students received a certificate of participation.

They also enjoyed a bagged lunch in the lobby of the courthouse.

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