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Odds and Ends: Siehl Prize, Poetry, and Leadercast

Sometimes we have so much news to share that posts could be overflowing. Odds and Ends is here to help by aggregating a few noteworthy items.

Alumni of our leadership and civic engagement programs have been in the news lately:
Red River Valley Emerging Leadership Program alumni Richard Magnusson (class of 2001) was awarded the Siehl Prize in production agriculture. Awarded annually by the University of Minnesota's College of Food, Agriculture, and Natural Resource Sciences, Magnusson was honored for his work to ensure the success of the grass seed industry and for developing consumer outlets to sell new crop varieties. Read the full story here.Justin Watkins, alumni of the Southeast MN Water Quality Civic Engagement cohort, featured in a Star Tribune series about outdoor lifestyles. He discusses his love of fly angling, its connection to his work with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, and poetry. Check it out. Lastly, we wanted to let you know about upcoming Leadercast events…

Events set for the 2014 Leadership Series

Looking for a leadership learning opportunity this year? Extension is proud to announce its 2014 Leadership Series. We are offering events across the state on a variety of topics that can benefit you, your work, and your community.

Click here to learn about the workshops and their dates and locations.

Registration is already open for our first event - a workshop on ProAction Cafe occurring in Brainerd on Friday, May 9, ProAction Cafe is a facilitation process that engages participants in creative, action-oriented conversations that build support, generate new ideas, and move projects through sticking points. Click here for more information on this event and to register.

We hope to see you this year at an event and to support your leadership learning and application!

Educator Corner: Leadership Benefits of Being Abroad

Educator corner is a feature on the blog that appears regularly. Each entry will feature 1 of the 9 Leadership and Civic Engagement educators from around the state providing space for their thoughts on what may be useful for leaders and followers practicing in their communities and organizations.


The Minnesota Agriculture and Rural Leadership program (MARL), a partnership between Southwest Minnesota State University and University of Minnesota Extension, recently returned from a study trip to Ecuador. Watch this 5 minute video to hear an interview with educator Peter Campion as he shares about the trip and how it provided unique leadership learning opportunities.



Peter Campion, educator for West Central Minnesota, works out of Extension's regional office in Moorhead.