Lake Park residents Gary and Melissa Peterson were recently named as Becker County’s representatives in the Red River Valley Emerging Leadership Program for 2020.

Alumni of the program from Becker County nominated the Petersons to take part in the program because of their involvement in their community: Gary is president and CEO of the State Bank of Lake Park, while Melissa is a regional nursing director for Essentia Health St. Mary’s in Detroit Lakes.

During the program, the Petersons will be gathering with other rural leaders from 17 counties in the region over four sessions to gain insight on personal leadership styles, communication, rural issues, life balance, and facilitating effective meetings. Participants will spend time at the Minnesota State Capitol and visit with state legislators about issues affecting their communities.

One recent graduate of the Emerging Leadership Program said the following about the program: “My mind has completely switched on what it means to be a leader, from questioning if I am one, to how can I be a better one! I found strengths I didn't know I have.”

Another graduate added:“I found a network of fellow leaders/friends…and engaged in worthwhile learning sessions throughout the program. This experience will enable me to be a better leader in my community and help others get involved as well.

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University of Minnesota Extension coordinates the Emerging Leadership Program and provides educational content. Financial support for the program comes from the Northwest Minnesota Foundation, Red River Valley Development Association, and from a variety of other sources including ag producer groups, electric cooperatives, community businesses, financial institutions and individuals in counties throughout northwest and west central Minnesota who contribute each year.

Gary and Melissa will be honored for their commitment to leadership and their community at the Emerging Leadership Program’s annual recognition banquet on Saturday, March 28 in Crookston. Family and friends are invited to join program alumni at the event. Tickets can be ordered from the Extension Regional Office in Crookston by calling 218-281-8696 or 1-888-241-0781 (toll free).

Several area students named to dean's list at UM-Twin Cities

Several lakes area residents were recently named to the dean's list at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities for their academic achievements during fall semester 2019.

Among those to earn the honor were the following students (listed alphabetically by hometown):

From Detroit Lakes:

  • Abigail Blais, a senior at the U of M's College of Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Science
  • Jordan R. Egan, a senior at the U of M's College of Liberal Arts
  • Benjamin P. Stearns, a sophomore at the U of M's Carlson School of Management

From Frazee:

  • Maxxwell D. Schulz, a senior at the U of M's College of Liberal Arts.

To qualify for the U of M dean's list, a student must complete 12 or more letter-graded credits while attaining at least a 3.66 grade point average.

Detroit Lakes' Lindberg earns dean's list honors at Mayville State

Jenna Lindberg, Detroit Lakes, was among those students at Mayville (N.D.) State University to be named to the dean's list for academic achievement during fall semester 2019.

In order to be named to the dean's list, each student must attain a grade point average of 3.50 or higher and successfully complete a minimum of 12 graded credit hours of regular academic credit for the semester.