Bryan and Nicole Johnson, Fosston, were recognized at the Emerging Leadership Program Recognition Banquet on March 24 in Crookston. They, along with individuals from 15 other counties in northwestern and west central Minnesota were honored for completing the leadership program and for their commitment to leadership in their community.

    The recognition banquet was the finale of the leadership program for the Class of 2018 after taking part in four training sessions since November 2017. Program seminars focused on several of the University of Minnesota Extension’s educational program components to strengthen civic leadership in the region.

    The Emerging Leadership Program, a program of the University of Minnesota Extension, was created in 1985 to build skills in individuals while creating and sustaining a network of community leaders in the northwest and west central regions of Minnesota to focus on rural issues.

    This year marks the 34th anniversary of the program and the banquet was an opportunity for program alumni and sponsors to congratulate recent graduates. Held at the University of Minnesota Crookston, the banquet carried on the tradition of recognizing rural leaders started by the Red River Valley Winter Shows in 1961.
The Emerging Leadership Program is led by Extension Educators Brian Fredrickson, Lisa Hinz and Jody Horntvedt, in partnership with nearly 1,100 alumni throughout the region. Soon those alumni will be coming together to select new participants for the program. To nominate someone in your county or to apply for the program, contact Jan Jackola at the Moorhead Regional Extension Office at 218-236-2001.

    For more information about the program contact Jody, hornt001@umn.edu, and be sure to look for the Emerging Leadership Program at this website, http://z.umn.edu/rrvlead/