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Class IX Seminar 2 - Personal Leadership Development

Members of RLND Class IX met in Minot, the “Magic City”, for their second seminar January 15-17, 2020. The weather was typical for the time of year, with highs and lows below zero!

by Shana Forster, Christel Laskowski and Charlie Sorenson

Members of RLND Class IX met in Minot, the “Magic City”, for their second seminar January 15-17, 2020. The weather was typical for the time of year, with highs and lows below zero!

Kathy Tweeten, NDSU Extension Specialist Emeritus, kicked off the seminar with the Emotional Intelligence (EQ) session. Participants were able to view their individual EQ results. Discussions on ways to increase EQ were valuable.

Class IX members visited Ashley Beall, Minot Municipal Judge. She explained the inner workings of the municipal court system and shared her vision of purpose driven outcomes. Instead of hitting people who are down on their luck with penalties and fees, she gives judgements that foster learning and growing as a productive part of society. Members were also able to sit in on a few court proceedings.

The new Minot International Airport (MOT) was the next visit. The MOT airport moved into its current building in February 2016 and consists of 125,000 square feet with a potential of six gates, and most importantly, was designed with the potential to expand. Our host, Maria Romanick, Minot Airport Services Coordinator, presented the group a behind the scenes tour, complete with inner workings of baggage handling and TSA.

Class IX Seminar 2 VolunteeringA service mission of RLND Class IX is to leave each city better than it was before our visit. With the next visit at All Saint’s Episcopal Church, members were able to help prepare and serve a noon meal for those in need.

Sara Bloom, Volunteer Coordinator, kept Class IX members busy preparing food, washing utensils, organizing rooms, cleaning, and serving the noon meal. Dozens of local individuals were served, and Class IX members connected with those enjoying the meal.

After lunch, the group arrived at AGT Foods. AGT Foods and Ingredients is one of the largest suppliers of value-added pulses, staple foods and food ingredients in the world. They buy lentils, peas, beans and chickpeas from farmers produced near their 40+ facilities located worldwide. In 2013, AGT Foods commissioned its first large-scale pulse ingredient and fractionation facility in Minot. AGT Foods is bringing a new pulse protein product to market soon, and Class IX members were able to taste test!

The last visit was Gooseneck Implement. Gooseneck Implement started in 1974 as a John Deere dealership in Kenmare, ND. They didn't know what to name this new John Deere Dealership, so they had a contest with their customers. One customer suggested "Gooseneck Implement" because Kenmare is in the 'gooseneck' region of Ward County and is known for being an active flyway in North America for Canadian, snow, and gray geese. The name stuck, and still remains as one of the most unique John Deere dealership names in existence. Currently, Gooseneck Implement consist of 13 locations and owes its success to their core concept: taking care of their customers. Gooseneck highlighted current and future John Deere technology which can bring greater profit to their customers.

At Gooseneck Implement, participants also heard from Scheresky Ag Service located in Max, ND. Co-founder Galen Scheresky explained the mission of his family-owned and operated agronomy center. He shared their passion for agriculture. Scheresky Ag Service was a pioneer, bringing technological advancements to area farmers through their custom agronomic and consulting services.

RLND Class IX Leadership Dinner was held at Elevation Restaurant located on the Minot golf course. Local North Dakota legislators and RLND alumni were invited guests. The dinner speaker was Drew Hanson, Director of Prairie Grit Adaptive Sports. Prairie Grit provides adaptive sports opportunities to youth and adults living with physical and mental disabilities in order to level the playing field and enhance their quality of life.

Shana Forster, Class IX participant and Center Director at the NDSU North Central Research Extension Center (NCREC), provided information on the history and mission of the NCREC.  

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