Horizons coming to Frederick area
Program aims to help rural areas reverse declines, build leadership
January 25, 2007
Aberdeen American News
Frederick, South Dakota
The Frederick area is launching 18 months of participation in a program designed to help rural communities with fewer than 5,000 people.
The Horizons program aims to develop and expand leadership capabilities and to reverse economic and population decline.
Frederick-area residents are invited to a kickoff dinner Tuesday at Little John's Restaurant in Frederick. A social time begins at 6:30 p.m. and dinner is at 7 p.m.
There is no cost. Those who plan to attend are asked to make reservations by e-mailing horizons@fred ericksd.com or calling Pat Mikkonen at (605) 329-2204.
Jerome Ferson, publisher of the American News in Aberdeen, will be the guest speaker.
Horizons is funded by the Northwest Area Foundation and carried out by the South Dakota Extension Service. Area towns that have participated in Horizons include Eureka, Ellendale, N.D., and Ashley N.D.
Horizons was launched in 2003 and is available in eight states. The program's theory is that small, rural communities will be able to take action on economic vitality issues if they improve their leadership systems.
Study Circles is the first phase of the Horizons program. Six people from the Frederick area attended one-day training for Study Circle facilitators and will share the program with the Frederick-area residents.
A minimum of three groups of at least 10 people each will begin a series of five meetings to become aware of and identify underlying issues that all small, rural towns face; how they occur in Frederick; and to design and put a plan into action.
The effort will then move to the second phase for more leadership training.
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