Measuring Impact on Attitudes
Dick Senese of the U of M Extension Service explains a survey taken by MARL participants designed to measure the impact of the international study tour on their opinions on the subject of diversity.
Joan Brzezinski, assistant director of the China Center at the University of Minnesota briefed MARL participants on basic culture and customs of China in preparation for the MARL Class III international study tour in February.
Reviewing Governor’s Mission to China
MARL alumni Colleen Moe of Waltham, former MARL board chair Duane Alberts of Pine Island, and MARL alumni Ralph Kaehler of St. Charles shared their perspectives on China after their participation in Governor Pawlenty’s trade mission in November.
MARL participants visited the Daley Dairy near Lewiston, a 1,300-cow carousel-style dairy operated as a multi-generational, multi-family business.
Amish cabinetmaker Jake Shetler answers MARL participant questions about a wide variety of topics in his shop.
MARL participants visited an Amish furniture store to view some of the products built by Amish craftsmen in the area.
MARL participant Lori Feltis looks at an Amish-built dresser.
Amish/English Traffic Jam
When returning to the bus after visiting the Amish furniture store, MARL participants waited bor an Amish horse and buggy pass the bus on the slippery ice-covered country road.
Pride of Minnesota – Mayo Clinic
MARL alumni Colleen Moe leads a tour of MARL Class III in the Gonda Building of the the Mayo Clinic.
Co-workers of Colleen Moe talk to MARL participants about the work done in their lab. Due to the expense of the equipment, multiple research units of the Mayo Clinic bring samples to the labs for testing.
Taking a Look
MARL participant Eric Thorn of Chatfield takes a look through one of the lab’s high-powered microscopes at an example of test conducted in the lab.
MARL at Mayo
MARL Class III poses for a group photo on the steps of the Gonda Building of the Mayo Clinic.
Futurist and University of Minnesota professor, Art Harkins, challenges the MARL participants on their perceptions of the future of agriculture, rural Minnesota, the United States, and the world.
MARL participant Mark Wilcox of Mantorville gave the presentation on the MARL program to those in attendance at the MARL Alumni Association leadership banquet.
Dennis Egan of the Twin Cities lobbying firm Cook Hill Girard Associates was the keynote speaker for the MARL leadership banquet. He discussed the work that his firm has been doing to build coalitions in support of economic development in new and expanded livestock production facilities in MN and the political atmosphere surrounging the subject.
Alumni banquet host, Brandon Schafer of Goodhue, visits with current MARL class member Burt Norell of St. Peter after the banquet.
Alumni Association Strategic Planning
A panel of MARL alumni, Steve Olson of Buffalo, a member of the MARL Alumni Association board of directors; Greg Gosen of Albert Lea; Ron Obermoller, chair of the MARL board of directors from Brewster; Ron Pagel of Eyota; and Bruce Cox, vice-chair of the MARL board of directors talk about the development and function of the MARL alumni association before working on strategic planning for the future of the organization with the members of MARL Class III.
Session Ending Wrap Up
MARL participants gathered for their tradition session-ending wrap-up to discuss their personal opinions of the seminar and the “golden nugget” they would take as a valuable lesson from the sessions.