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    IN THE FIELD—2004 Morenci graduate Kayse Onweller works in a test plot of wheat in Texas. She’s part of Bayer CropScience’s North American wheat breeding program based in Nebraska, where she completed post-graduate work in plant breeding and genetics.
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    REFEREE Camden Miller raises the hand of Morenci Jr. Dawgs wrestler Ryder Ryan as his opponent leaves the mat in disappointment. Morenci’s youth wrestling program served as host for a tournament Saturday morning to raise money for the club. Additional photos are on the back page.
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    SHERWOOD STATE Bank opened its Fayette office at a grand opening Friday morning, drawing a large crowd to view the renovated building. Above, Burt Blue talks to teller Cindy Funk, while his wife, Jackie, looks around the new office. The Blues missed the opening and took a quick tour on Tuesday. Few traces remain of the former grocery store and theater, however, part of the original brick wall still shows in the hallway leading to the back of the building. The drive-through window should be ready for customers later in the month.
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    CARRYING—Riley Terry (blue jacket) and Mason Vaughn lead the way, carrying an empty casket outside to the hearse waiting at the curb. Morenci juniors and seniors visited Eagle Funeral Home last week to learn about the role of a funeral director and to understand the process of arranging for a funeral.
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    MORENCI student Dalton McCowan puts everything into a dead lift attempt Saturday morning during the Wyseguy Push/Pull event. Lifters helped raise more than $1,600 for the family of the late Devin Wyse, a former Morenci power-lifter who graduated last year. Commemorative T-shirts are still available by contacting teacher Dan Hoffman.
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    FROM THE LEFT, Landon Wilkins, Ryan White and Logan Blaker try out their artistic skills Saturday afternoon at the Morenci PTO’s first Date to Create event. More than 50 people showed up to create decorated planks of wood to hang from rope. The event served as a fund-raiser for miscellaneous PTO projects. Additional photos are on the back of this week’s Observer.
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    NEW OFFICES—Fayette village administrator Steve Blue speaks with tax administrator Genna Biddix at the new front desk of the village office. Village council members voted to use budgeted renovation funds targeted for the old office and instead buy the vacant bank building on the corner of Main and Fayette streets. The old office was sold to Sherwood State Bank. When everything is put into place in the spacious new village office, an open house will be scheduled. Council member David Wheeler donated all of his time needed to make changes in the bank interior to fit the Village’s needs.

Chad Root chosen for Farm Bureau program 2012.03.21

Written by David Green.

A Morenci farmer is one of 15 chosen to participate in Michigan Farm Bureau’s (MFB) 2012-13 ProFILE leadership program.

Chad Root, operator of a 500-acre farm of corn, soybeans, wheat, hay and 50 head of dairy steers, said he looks to the ProFILE program to gain new insight in educating and promoting agriculture to the general public.

The educational program is designed to mold the next generation of Farm Bureau leaders by strengthening leadership skills and offering insight into how to become more involved in the organization’s activities. Selected participants, ages 25 to 35, are nominated by their county Farm Bureaus.

Graduates are encouraged to become county Farm Bureau board members and work their way up to take part in other committees and activities at the state level. More than 200 Farm Bureau members have participated in the program since its inception in 1990.

“This group of young leaders represents the best and brightest of future potential Farm Bureau leaders,” said ProFILE coordinator Jenna Schrot. “We’re excited about this new class, and have an outstanding program prepared for them.”

A Jan. 20 orientation meeting at the Farm Bureau Center in Lansing began the 15-month schedule of leadership training.

Additional programs include training in legislative procedure and politics, team-building, organization, priority-setting and meeting management.

Training resumes after the 2012 harvest season, with a winter workshop focusing on organizational management, setting agendas, inspiring cooperation and building consensus. Related topics will include training in communication skills, assertiveness, organization and goal-setting.

A week-long national tour in February 2013 will expose program participants to agriculture and Farm Bureau work in other states. The trip includes stops at the American Farm Bureau Federation offices in Washington, D.C., and several county and state Farm Bureaus across the country.

The program concludes in the spring of 2013 with a wrap-up weekend program, where the class will review the program and plan for the future.

Also participating in the 2012-13 ProFILE program are Matt Mokma, Allegan County; Mishelle Shooks, Antrim County; Joshua Rick, Berrien County; Stephen Bott, Grand Traverse County; Marissa Bramer and Ben Wilson, Gratiot County; Trevor Bechtel, Isabella County; Brian Sanford, Jackson County; Jo Goodwin, Lapeer County; Martha Munsell, Livingston County; Ryan Vanderwal, Missaukee County; Jason Scramlin, Oakland County; Michael Butler, St. Clair County; and Josh Dietrich, Van Buren County.

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