30 Chosen for MARL Class X

Marshall, Minn. — Thirty individuals have been selected to participate in Minnesota Agriculture and Rural Leadership (MARL), Class X.

MARL is a dynamic two-year educational experience featuring nine, three-day in-state seminars, a six-day national study seminar and a two-week international study seminar.

Each class is comprised of 30 participants. Two thirds are agricultural producers and the other third are people involved in agribusiness or rural leadership positions.

“The quality of applicants to MARL continues to be high,” said Executive Director Olga Reuvekamp. “The board had a very difficult task in selecting MARL Class X participants,” she said. “The program really develops the leadership qualities of the participants, and these are the individuals who are making a difference in agriculture today.”

The MARL calendar is designed to accommodate the busy schedules of participants, with most activities occurring over the winter months. MARL Class X will first meet in November, 2018.

The following 30 candidates have been selected for MARL Class X:


  • Matthew Altman, Worthington
  • Rodd Beyer, Wheaton
  • Shane Bowyer, Mankato
  • Charlene Brooks, St. Paul
  • John Bruihler, Rushford
  • Grant Crawford, Jasper
  • Melanie Dickman, Willmar
  • Danielle Evers, Pipestone
  • Austen Germolus, Ada
  • Nick Godward, Aitkin
  • Angelica Hopp, Cosmos
  • Chris Horob, Grand Meadow
  • Cordell Huebsch, New York Mills
  • Krista Kappes, Lake Park
  • Krista Kopperud, Currie
  • Nan Larson, Balaton
  • Stephanie Loch, Rogers
  • Sean Maday, Granada
  • Curtis Mahnken, Arden Hills
  • Michelle Medina, St. Paul
  • Ben Mussehl, Cloquet
  • Carolyn Olson, Cottonwood
  • Jacob Rieke, Fairfax
  • Jay Schmidt, Plainview
  • Steve Schmitt, Eden Valley
  • Scott Schwartz, Rochester
  • Noreen Thomas, Moorhead
  • Matt Tiffany, Redwood Falls
  • Aaron Vadnais, Benson
  • Kevin Wulf, Hancock



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