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Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • Emerging Leadership Program: Petersons of Crookston are West Polk County’s honored couple

  • Mark and Anna Peterson of Crookston received special recognition for their commitment to leadership and their community at the Agassiz Leaders Awards Banquet at the University of Minnesota Crookston.
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  •     Mark and Anna Peterson of Crookston received special recognition for their commitment to leadership and their community at the Agassiz Leaders Awards Banquet at the University of Minnesota Crookston.     
        They, along with individuals from 16 other counties in northwestern and west central Minnesota were recognized for their involvement.   
        Mark farms 900 acres. His crops include wheat, corn, soybeans and sugar beets. Anna is an Executive Administrative Assistant for the U of M Extension Regional Office in Crookston.    
        The family also does custom work for land owners that don’t have the equipment they need. They have 1 full-time hired man.   
        Mark and Anna are West Polk County’s representatives in the Red River Valley Emerging Leadership Program. They have been taking part in educational sessions along with other rural leaders since November 2013.     
        Those sessions focused on personal leadership styles, communication, community leadership, legislative issues, shared vision, dealing with conflict, and facilitating effective meetings.   
        This is the 30th year the Emerging Leadership Program has brought together individuals from across the region for recognition and training seminars.  There are now over 1,000 leaders in northwest and west central Minnesota who are alumni of the program!  The program, which grew out of the King Agassiz Program of the Red River Valley Winter Shows, was developed in 1985 by a small group of people who felt there was a need to help individuals develop their leadership potential.  It continues to focus on the belief that effective leadership can be learned and that leaders grow into positions of leadership, motivated by a sense of responsibility for themselves and their communities.   
        The Emerging Leadership Program is a program of the University of Minnesota Extension and the Northwest Minnesota Foundation.    
        Major financial contributions for the program are made available through the Red River Valley Development Association and the West Central Initiative.  Additional support for the program comes from ag producer groups, electric cooperatives, community businesses, and individuals in counties throughout northwest and west central Minnesota who contribute financially to the program each year.

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