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Budding politician: Ocheyedan teen represents Iowa during Girls Nation program

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OCHEYEDAN, Iowa -- It was just a few days before Cortney Schmidt was due to leave for Girls Nation in Washington, D.C., and the Ocheyedan teen could hardly contain her enthusiasm.


"I'm so excited," she bubbled, a huge smile lighting up her face. "I've got my suitcase all packed."

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Beth Rickers
Beth Rickers is the veteran in the newspaper staff with 25 years as the Daily Globe's Features Editor. Interests include cooking, traveling and beer tasting and making with her home-brewing husband, Bryan. She writes an Area Voices blog called Lagniappe, which is a Creole term that means "a little something extra." It can be found at  
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