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'Emerging leaders' honored

Gina and Travis Schauer of Lake Park will be representing Becker County in this year's Emerging Leadership Program of the University of Minnesota and Northwest Minnesota Foundation. They will be honored along with other couples in the program at a banquet on March 23 in Crookston. Submitted Photo1 / 2
Alisyn and Ed Keil of Perham will be representing East Otter Tail County in this year's Emerging Leadership Program. Submitted Photo2 / 2

Two area couples, Travis and Gina Schauer of Lake Park and Ed and Alisyn Keil of Perham, will receive special recognition for their commitment to leadership and their community at the Agassiz Leaders Awards Banquet on Saturday, March 23 at the University of Minnesota Crookston.

They, along with individuals from 12 other counties in northwestern and west central Minnesota, will be recognized for their involvement.

Travis Schauer is a firefighter on the North Dakota Air National Guard Base in Fargo. Gina is the Laboratory Director at RMB Environmental Laboratories, Inc., in Detroit Lakes.

Their second job, The Twisted Tate Ranch, is home to approximately 200 ewes, 150 feeder calves, 6 horses, 5 donkeys and occasionally pigs. They farm 450 acres of soybeans, corn and alfalfa.

Ed Keil, 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 Keil is a licensed independent insurance agent for East Otter Tail Insurance Agency and a licensed real estate agent for Bachmann Carow Real Estate.

The Schauers are Becker County's representatives in the Red River Valley Emerging Leadership Program, while the Keils are representing East Otter Tail County.

Both couples 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.

Additional support for the program comes from ag producer groups, electric cooperatives, community businesses, and individuals in counties throughout northwest and west central Minnesota who contribute financially to the program each year.

Family and friends of Travis and Gina, and program alumni, are invited to attend the March 23rd banquet in Crookston. Tickets can be ordered from the Extension Regional Office-Crookston by calling 218-281-8696 -or- toll free 1-888-241-0781.