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Meet the emerging leaders in the Red River Valley

January 25, 2018
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Thirty-three years ago, Extension, local advisors and supporting organizations created the Red River Valley Emerging Leaders Program. The program creates and sustains a network of community leaders focusing on agriculture, natural resources and other issues. Thirty residents from counties in Northwest and West Central Minnesota graduated this spring.

From knowing and growing their strengths to seeing community assets, addressing work/life balance, and running more effective meetings, the group not only learned but also made connections with each other. 

Brian Fredrickson, Lisa Hinz, and Jody Horntvedt are leading the program. This year, they added part-time coordinator Jan Jackola to the team. More than 1,000 individuals have participated, completing four main goals:

  1. Develop an understanding of self and community

  2. Build skills in leadership and relationships

  3. Broaden understanding of complex issues and legislative processes

  4. Set personal goals to "give back" to their community

"We have a new group every year, and it's always exciting to see where their path takes them next," says Jody Horntvedt, Extension educator in leadership and civic engagement. "Hundreds of alumni today are working on local issues, serving as leaders in state commodity groups, and representing Minnesota on national boards."

Learn more about the Red River Valley Emerging Leaders Program.


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