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Rewriting the Rural Narrative Conference

Thank you all for your attendance at the Rewriting the Rural Narrative Conference on August 9, 2017.

Rewriting the Rural Narrative

   All PowerPoints from the conference can be found here.


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Rewriting the Rural Narrative

Please join us for the 2017 Rewriting the Rural Narrative conference on August 9th from 9 am to 3 pm at the Bismarck Event Center. This one-day workshop will help participants better understand the urban and rural demographics of the state and share ideas for community livability.

Rewriting the Rural Narrative To register –


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New Staff Member in the NDSU Extension Center for Community Vitality

Andrea Bowman has joined the NDSU Extension Service once again on a part-time basis with the Center for Community Vitality beginning January 3, 2017. Andrea previously served as an NDSU Extension Agent in Bowman County. While there she was very involved with community and leadership development programs including coordinating an annual women’s leadership program, participating in the 18 month Rural Leadership North Dakota program, facilitating the delivery of the Rural Leadership Short Course in Bowman along with many other activities to help her county develop leaders.

Andrea’s responsibilities will now be to provide leadership and civic engagement programs along with facilitation assistance to counties and communities in western North Dakota.  She specifically will be responsible for delivering or assisting with the Growing Leaders Short Course, Lead Local, Youth Lead Local, and the ND Watershed Leadership Academy.  The Center for Community Vitality received a grant to support the work that Andrea will be doing on a part-time basis for close to two years so we see it as a great opportunity to bring some added support for these programs in our state.

Andrea’s e-mail is  ( and her phone number is 701-523-6239.

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Lead Local

As an aspiring, elected or appointed leader serving on a board, council or committee, would you like to:
  • Feel better prepared to serve as an effective board, council or committee member?Lead Local
  • Recognize the components of an effective meeting?
  • Learn basic parliamentary procedure and how to use it?
  • Understand different personality styles and how people they can effectively work together?
  • Use effective tools when dealing with conflict?

If so, please consider bring Lead Local, an innovative, one-day, activity-based workshop to your community. 

For more information about Lead Local  and to set one up in your town, please contact Lynette Flage at 701-231-7782 or

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