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Leadership program announces local reps

William and Elizabeth Schwartz are this year’s East Otter Tail County representatives in the Red River Valley Emerging Leadership Program. Submitted photo

William and Elizabeth Schwartz, of New York Mills, will receive special recognition for their commitment to leadership and the community at the Agassiz Leaders Awards Banquet on Saturday, March 29 at the University of Minnesota in Crookston.

They, along with individuals from 16 other counties in northwestern and west central Minnesota, will be recognized for their involvement in the Red River Valley Emerging Leadership program.

According to a press release, William has been employed as an automotive technician at Certified Auto Repair for more than five years, where he works on all makes and models of vehicles.

Elizabeth currently stays at home and is working on many projects. She has worked in various healthcare roles over the past several years, including long-term care and retail pharmacy.

The Schwartzes 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 2013. Those sessions focused on personal leadership styles, communication, community leadership, legislative issues, shared vision, dealing with conflict, and facilitating effective meetings.

This is the 13th year the Emerging Leadership Program has brought together individuals from across the region for recognition and training seminars. There are now more than 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 Schwartzes, and program alumni, are invited to attend the March 29 banquet in Crookston. Tickets are available by calling 218-281-8696 or 1-888-241-0781.