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Leadership Program recognizes local couple

Published 9:09am Friday, March 29, 2013 Updated 11:10am Friday, March 29, 2013

Ed and Alisyn Keil of Perham, received special recognition for their commitment to leadership and their community during the Emerging Leadership Program recognition banquet on March 23 at the University of Minnesota Crookston.

They, along with individuals from 12 other counties in northwestern and west central Minnesota were recognized for their involvement.

The recognition banquet was the finale of the leadership program for the Class of 2013 who attended four training sessions focused on several of the University of Minnesota Extension’s educational program components to strengthen civic leadership in the region.

Many of the participants noted that highlights of the program were learning more about their individual strengths, getting to know leaders from other counties, and their trip to the State Capitol in St. Paul where they visited with their local legislators, attended committee meetings, and heard speakers to help them better understand how the legislative process works.

The banquet held at the University of Minnesota Crookston carried on the tradition, started by the Red River Valley Winter Shows in 1961, of recognizing rural leaders for contributions to their communities, and provided an opportunity for alumni of the program from throughout the region to gather to encourage each other.

The banquet was emceed by Agassiz Ambassadors Matt and Carla Blashack (Bertha) and featured leadership stories by class participants Elizabeth Rockstad (Hendrum, Minn.), Travis Schauer (Lake Park), John Boon (Hancock, Minn.), and Kim Anderson (Clearbrook).

The banquet was also where the new Agassiz Ambassadors for 2013 were announced. Recognized this year were Garrett and Andrea Novak (St. Hilaire) who were selected for this honor from among other current participants in the program based on nominations from program participants and interviews with program alumni.

Andrea and Garrett will put their leadership skills to work in public relations, recognition, and community leadership, and will work with program coordinators to develop and deliver the educational program in 2014.

The Emerging Leadership Program, a program of the University of Minnesota Extension and the Northwest Minnesota Foundation, exists to create and sustain a network of community leaders in the northwest and west central regions of Minnesota focusing on agricultural and natural resource issues.

The Emerging Leadership Program is coordinated by Extension Educators, in partnership with nearly 1,000 alumni throughout the region. Soon those alumni will be coming together to select new participants for the program.

If you know of someone in your county whom you would like to nominate or if you are interested in participating, please contact Ed and Alisyn (Otter Tail, East, County) or the University of Minnesota Extension (888-241-4546) and we’ll see that names are added to the list of possible candidates.

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