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William and Elizabeth Schwartz, of New York Mills, were recently recognized as Emerging Leaders in their community. Submitted photo

NY Mills couple named ‘Emerging Leaders’

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William and Elizabeth Schwartz, of New York Mills, have received special honors for their commitment to leadership and their community.

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The couple was recognized at an Emerging Leadership Program banquet on March 29, according to a press release. They, along with individuals from 16 other counties in northwestern and west central Minnesota, were recognized for completing the leadership program.

The Emerging Leadership Program, a program of the University of Minnesota Extension, exists to create and sustain a network of community leaders in the northwest and west central regions of Minnesota, focusing on agricultural and natural resource issues.

The program consists of four training sessions designed to strengthen civic leadership.

In the release, one participant in the class noted that the program, “has given me the confidence to go outside of my box and lead in new ways.”

The banquet was an opportunity to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the leadership program, which graduated its first class in 1985. It was a time to thank those who support the program, and for alumni of the program from throughout the region to gather and continue to encourage each other.

The Emerging Leadership Program is coordinated by Extension educators, with support from the Northwest Minnesota Foundation. There are nearly 1,000 alumni throughout the region. Soon those alumni will be coming together to select new participants for the program. To nominate yourself or someone else for the program, contact the University of Minnesota Extension at 888-241-4546.

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