Day One started for Class XI by loading a chartered bus for a tour around Redwood Falls, MN. The class was provided a wonderful tour guide of the area by Bruce Tiffany (Class V). The class started out by driving tour around town taking in a variety of community assets including the hospital, schools Redwood, Redwood Valley Community Schools, library, and swimming pool.
The class had an opportunity to meet with leaders from Daktronics where Tom Quackenbusch, Plant Manager, shared with the class their motto they lead from which is humble, honest, helpful. We were able to tour the facility and learned in detail more about how they as an industry leader are creating a variety of shifts to accommodate the workforce.
After the class loaded the bus, we traveled to Farmers Union Industries where the class received an in-depth report on all of their businesses which provided needed services to farmers and consumers related to animal food manufacturing. Dale Bednarek, Chief Operating Officer, and Bonnie Ashlbrecht, Director of Human Resources, discussed with the class how their workforce is some of the most dedicated and loyal employees, and shared with the class their strategies for development of the next leaders of the organization is in planning stages. The class enjoyed having the experience to see the final products that are manufactured and how they support our world in various industries.
Back to bus the class went and had the opportunity to learn from Jackie Edwards who spent several years in the Redwood Falls community working on projects to improve the community. She shared with the class how collaboration with various leaders has been a major impact on moving projects through the community. Jackie provided the class with a detailed tour of Ramsey/Chanshayapi Park. We learned that our very own Shannon Gegner has a special connection to the park in that her family provides the goats in the zoo! Overall, the conversation around all the history and beauty of the park was enjoyed by all.
The class ended their day by enjoying a meal and performance by the Dakota Wicohan Dancers. We also were introduced to a special lady named Ruby who was there also to watch the performance. More about Ruby on day 2. 😊
Submitted by Chelsea Honnette