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State FFA reporter visits Osakis

Elena DeMuth (standing) asks students in the Osakis eighth grade agriculture class about their past experiences in life during an exercise to get to know her audience better on Monday, Nov. 13. DeMuth is the Minnesota FFA State Reporter this year. (Roberta Olson / Osakis Review)

Minnesota State FFA Reporter Elena DeMuth of Grand Rapids made an official FFA Chapter visit to Osakis on Monday, Nov. 13.

She facilitated workshops in the eighth grade agriculture and wildlife Management classes taught by Rachel Moe. In Ag 8, DeMuth focused on FFA and how to get more involved, and in Wildlife Management, she talked about what being a leader looks like, and how to influence other lives.

The Osakis FFA Chapter has 23 members, who are counted among the 11,000 active Minnesota FFA members this year. DeMuth told them about leadership opportunities in FFA. Her personal emphasis this year is being an advocate for youth in general, and for preserving natural resources.

This is the first year that the Minnesota FFA board has an all-girl officer team, DeMuth said.

In the afternoon she met with school administration and then addressed the Osakis School Board at its regular meeting. She was accompanied to the board meeting by Rachel Moe, who is also the Osakis FFA advisor.

"FFA is not only for farmers," DeMuth told the School Board in her remarks.

DeMuth is a student at the University of Minnesota-Crookston, where she is pursuing a double major in agriculture education and communications-public relations.

Advisor Moe told the board she has applied for a grant which would make it possible for all 23 local FFA Chapter members to obtain the official FFA uniforms of blue jackets, scarves and ties.