Across the state of Minnesota, local leaders and citizens are engaged in leadership and civic engagement programs. Together, they make new things happen where they live and work. In these videos, a few alumni of Extension's programs share their stories and their perspectives on community leadership.
Paul Torkelson applied what he learned about himself while participating in the Minnesota Agriculture and Rural Leadership Program to become an effective leader in the Minnesota House of Representatives.
Deanne Bryce re-imagined her restaurant business after participating in the Bridging Brown County Leadership Education program and learning how other businesses in the county had followed their passion.
Christina and David Lien
Even the smallest of communities can remain vital when residents know their assets. Christina and David Lien contribute to Flom, Minnesota with lessons learned from the Red River Valley Emerging Leadership Program.
It takes a lot of partnerships to create a healthier community. Kerry Ward used the contacts she made at McLeod for Tomorrow, a Leadership Education Program, to make a difference.
Perspectives on Civic Engagement
Donna Rasmussen, Fillmore Soil and Water Conservation District, discusses how citizen-led conversations brought about a plan to improve the water quality of the Root River.