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Perham couple recognized for leadership

Submitted photo Ed and Alisyn Keil, of Perham, are this year's East Otter Tail County representatives in the Red River Valley Emerging Leadership Program.

Ed and Alisyn Keil of Perham will receive special recognition for their commitment to leadership and the community at the Agassiz Leaders Awards Banquet on Saturday, March 23 at the University of Minnesota Crookston.

They, along with individuals from 13 other counties in northwestern and west central Minnesota, will be recognized for their involvement.

Ed, along with his uncle, farms more than 2,000 acres of cropland, which includes wheat, corn, kidney beans, sunflowers, alfalfa and food grade soybeans.

In addition to their own fields, they do custom farming and hauling. They also supply feed for a neighboring 750-cow dairy.

Alisyn is a licensed independent insurance agent for East Otter Tail Insurance Agency and a licensed real estate agent for Bachmann Carow Real Estate, Inc. She also clerks for Bachmann Auctioneers.

The Keils are East Otter Tail 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 2012. Those sessions focused on personal leadership styles, communication, community leadership, legislative issues, shared vision, dealing with conflict and facilitating effective meetings.

This is the 29th year the Emerging Leadership Program has brought together individuals from across the region for recognition and training seminars. There are now nearly 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.

Family and friends of the Keils and program alumni are invited to attend the banquet in Crookston.

Tickets can be ordered from the Extension Regional Office in Crookston by calling 218-281-8696 or 1-888-241-0781.