Weather Forecast


'Emerging Leaders' honor goes to New York Mills area farm couple

David and Janet Malone, New York Mills, will receive special recognition for their commitment to leadership and their community at the Agassiz Leaders Awards Banquet on Saturday, March 28 at the University of Minnesota Crookston.

They, along with individuals from 16 other counties in northwestern and west central Minnesota, will be recognized for their involvement.

The Malone's farm 320 acres and care for 50 Angus beef cattle (cow/calf operation). Dave is a stonemason and a concrete instructor for Alexandria Community and Technical College. Janet is a 4H program coordinator for East Otter Tail County 4H.

David and Janet have been East Otter Tail County's representatives in the Red River Valley Emerging Leadership Program where they have been taking part in educational sessions along with other rural leaders since November 2008. Those sessions are focused on personal leadership styles, communication, community leadership, legislative issues, and personal vision and goal setting.

This year the Emerging Leadership Program celebrates its 25th anniversary and will honor the more than 800 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 currently a program of the University of Minnesota Extension and the Northwest Minnesota Foundation. Family and friends of David and Janet Malone, and program alumni, are invited to attend the March 28 anniversary banquet in Crookston. Tickets can be ordered from the Extension Regional Office~Roseau by calling 218-463-0291 or toll free 1-888-241-4546.