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“Don’t Worry; We’ve Got This” – A Gathering of Rising Leaders

May 2, 2014 @ 5:30 pm - 10:30 pm


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“Don’t Worry; We’ve Got This” will be an evening full of good people, good food, good conversation, and good fun!

We are convening a Gathering of Rising Leaders for a number of reasons:

  1. We want you guys to meet each other! Especially in rural areas, the sense of isolation can be great for those of us trying to imagine a better community, and we want to combat that.
  2. We want to support your growth!  Part of our discussion will focus on what promising leaders need to succeed so that CURE knows what resources we can provide to help you on your path to success.
  3. We want to have fun!  We’ve asked people we think are pretty darn cool to give short and engaging presentations; World Café conversations make it easier to talk to strangers as if they were old friends; and we’re finishing off the night with a social hour and open mic, so you can bring your musical, poetic, comedic, dramatic, or other talents with you to share!

What’s with this Millennial Leadership Network thing, anyway?

  1. We have designed “Don’t Worry; We’ve Got This” with Millennials in mind.  The Millennial generation includes people born between 1981 and 2000 (according to the Pew Research Center), and this is event considers their experience because research indicates that Millennials will reshape the structure of leadership.  Especially for CURE, anticipating the nature of this transition will be critical to ensuring our long-term institutional sustainability.  Sarina and Ariel will start the evening with a (short and engaging!) presentation on who Millennials are and what’s up with them so you aren’t in the dark, but:
  2. Everyone is welcome!  Leadership doesn’t stop or start with Millennials; we hope the CURE Leadership Network will include a diverse array of people.  However we will develop voluntary ‘cohorts’ within the network, so that people that work best together can collaborate on projects.
  3. The Network will keep your connections strong!  It’s one thing to have the most fun you’ve had on a Friday night with us just once; it’s another if you, everyone else in the room, and CURE can all continue to work and have fun together well into the future.  The infrastructure of the network will allow everyone to stay in communication and collaborate on more projects.

This event will take place at the Granite Falls American Legion on the 2nd floor beginning at 5:30 PM to 10:30 PM.

Join CURE this Friday evening as we launch CURE’s Leadership Network! Read CURE’s latest blog post to learn more.

The Panelist Speakers:

Michele AndersonMichele Anderson, Rural Program Director, Springboard for the Arts

Michele was hired to open Springboard for the Arts’ first rural office in 2011 and has quickly become a regional leader in rural arts and culture policy and practice. Originally from the small town of Dundas, Minnesota, she moved to Portland, Oregon in 2000 and earned her B.A. in music composition and piano performance at Lewis and Clark College. She worked in the Education Department at the Oregon Symphony for two years before joining Ethos Music Center, a community music school, where she served as Community Engagement Director from 2006 to 2011.
Through her work at Springboard, Michele led the 2013 Rural Arts and Culture Summit at the University of Minnesota, Morris, and launched Imagine Fergus Falls, a creative placemaking initiative exploring the past and future of the former Fergus Falls State Hospital. In August 2014, Michele is expected to receive her MA in Cultural Sustainability from Goucher College. Michele is an alumna of the Blandin Community Leadership Institute and Intermedia Arts’ Creative Community Leadership Institute. She also serves on the Fergus Falls Public Arts Commission, and is on the leadership team for the National Rural Assembly’s Arts and Culture Working Group.
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Natalie and Jordan_May 2 eventJordan Wente & Natalie Hoidal, Students, University of MN Morris

Jordan is passionate about the prairie, people, and progress. When he is not immersed in statistics, data, and renewable energy policy, Jordan enjoys folk music, motorcycles, fishing, warm kitchens full of friends, and salsa dancing. Jordan believes in the notion of local self-reliance  and the role that policy, grassroots organizing, and collaborative art can play in progressing our rural communities.
Natalie has established herself as a youth leader in the environmental movement, advocating for sustainable agriculture, protection of freshwater resources, and the termination of tar sands extraction. Natalie is passionate about gardening, agronomy, cooking with friends, and dance. She hopes to work as a research scientist to develop crops that conserve soil, water, and nutrients, and believes that healthy agroecosystems lead to healthy, thriving communities.
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Andy Hayner & Noelle HardenAndy Hayner & Noelle Harden, Freedom Rangers LLC

Andy Hayner and Noelle Harden are the co-owners of Freedom Rangers LLC, an education and consulting business based on ecological agriculture and food sovereignty. They teach clients how to raise and process healthy, pastured livestock as a part of a whole farm system.  Through his ten years of experience working on a number of different farms, Andy has honed natural methods for meat processing, beekeeping, and raising hogs, goats, sheep, and a variety of poultry.
Noelle found sustainable agriculture initially through the academy, becoming an advocate for farmers as she earned degrees in Geography and Agroecology. She currently works for the University of Minnesota Extension as the Health and Nutrition Educator in northwest Minnesota, promoting a healthy, local food system through the development of collaborative food networks and farm to institution programs.
Andy and Noelle both hold diplomas in Sustainable Food Production from M-State in Fergus Falls, and live on a farm near Vergas with their son, Berry.
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Neil LinscheidNeil Linscheid, Extension Educator, University of Minnesota Extension Center for Community Vitality

Neil Linscheid is an Extension Educator at the University of Minnesota Extension Center for Community Vitality. His work is focused on supporting local leaders as they navigate economic changes taking place in their community. His mission is to teach, coach, and connect local leaders as they try to make informed decisions about their community’s economic future. For the past eight years, he has been part of the rural Minnesota “brain gain” trend, as a young professional choosing to locate in rural Minnesota.

Prior to his current position, he was Economic Development Director for the Region Five Development Commission. He has also worked with Minnesota Rural Partners and the University of Minnesota Center for Small Towns. He received his Master’s of Public Policy with a concentration in rural economic development and Bachelor of Political Science degree’s from the University of Minnesota.

In addition to his professional work, Neil active in economic development in his community where he serves as a member of the Clarkfield City Council, Clarkfield EDA, and Clarkfield Area Community Foundation. He and his wife, Nikki, live in Clarkfield and have 3 small children.


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