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What’s going on at the Extension?

September 12, 2014
by Britney Rosburg - ISU Extension Program Educator , Estherville News

Registrations are currently being accepted for Emmet County Leadership 2014, a program designed to maximize the strengths and skills of current and future community leaders.

Emmet County Leadership 2014 will include five weekly training sessions focusing on topics that include understanding ourselves and others, dealing with controversy and conflict, diversity and cultural understanding, and leading development in the community. The sessions will be held from 2 to 4:30 p.m. on five consecutive Tuesdays, beginning Sept. 30, in Estherville. Sessions will be taught by ISU Extension and Outreach community and economic development program specialists.

The program is being sponsored by Emmet County Extension, Emmet County Community Foundation, Bank Plus, Northstar Bank, and Iowa Lakes Electric Cooperative.

Registration is $75 through Sept. 19, with a portion of that refundable if the participant attends all five sessions. For registration after Sept. 19, the fee will be $100. Enrollment is limited to 30 participants, so sign up early to reserve your spot in the class.

Newly-elected and appointed officials are encouraged to register for the program, as well as long-time leaders interested in polishing their skills, and individuals interested in getting more involved in their community.

The Estherville PROSPER Team is preparing to deliver what the World Health Organization names as its "number 1" most effective program for decreasing the onset of drugs and alcohol problems in youth. The program runs every Sunday evening from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the ELC Middle School starting Oct. 5- Nov. 16.

Iowa State University researchers found when 20-25 percent of the families in a given class participate in this program; positive effects are felt community wide. Strengthening Families Program: For Parents and Youth 10-14 can help families learn to manage emotions, set goals, avoid peer pressure, make better decisions and create better relationships. They will learn how to show love while setting limits, how to listen to their child and how to help family members show appreciation to each other. All families have strengths. This hands on energetic and active program is for every parent and pre-teen that desire to have a more open and positive relationship with each other.

Everything is free for all families: free meals, free child care for younger children, and weekly incentives.

To register for either of these programs, you can call ISU Extension and Outreach Emmet County at (712) 362-3434 or send an email to



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