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Youth win Torchbearers Award
By Communications Director

Mitchell Farmer-Lies, Jennifer Roberts, Cheyenne Corbett & Nathan Magnell.

ST. PAUL (November 17, 2012) Minnesota Farmers Union gave out its Torchbearer award at their 71st annual state convention. In order to be eligible to win the Torchbearer Award, the youth needed to be involved with the Farmers Union education program for at least four years. Each individual also attended the Farmers Union All-States Leadership Camp, which is where individuals who have distinguished themselves as leaders meet with other Farmers Union youth from throughout the country in Bailey, Colorado at the National Farmers Union Education Center.

The award winners were: Nathan Magnell, son of Dennis & Danielle Magnell from Gully; Mitchell Farmer-Lies, son of Tim Lies and Kathy Farmer from Belle Plaine; Jennifer Roberts, daughter of Robin & Carla Roberts of Montevideo; Alex Chuma, son of Esther Chuma of Shakopee; Cheyenne Corbett, daughter of Laura Corbett of Nicollet; Cedric Ford, son of Gemma Pillai of Shakopee; Brooke Magnell, daughter of Toni Magnell of Oklee, and Justin McPeak, son of Janet McPeak from Hamburg.

“Receiving the Torchbearer Award is a great accomplishment and one these youth should be proud of,” said Doug Peterson, Minnesota Farmers Union President. “I congratulate them on their achievement and thank them for being a dedicated member of the Minnesota Farmers Union family.”

Since the 1930's, becoming a Torchbearer has marked the conclusion of a Farmers Union young person's work in the youth program, and the commencement of his/her participation into adult Farmers Union activities.