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NDSU Rural Leadership Program director honored

FARGO, N.D. -- Marie Hvidsten has been honored for her work as director of the North Dakota State University Extension Service's Rural Leadership North Dakota program. Hvidsten, also an Extension rural leadership specialist, was recognized with t...

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FARGO, N.D. - Marie Hvidsten has been honored for her work as director of the North Dakota State University Extension Service’s Rural Leadership North Dakota program. Hvidsten, also an Extension rural leadership specialist, was recognized with the 2015 Outstanding Leadership Program Director Award. She received the award at the recent annual meeting of the International Association of Programs for Agricultural Leadership in Dickinson. Hvidsten earned a bachelor’s degree in music from Bemidji (Minn.) State University, a master’s degree in educational administration from the University of North Dakota and a doctorate in organization development from the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis. She joined NDSU Extension in 2002 as director of the program she helped create.

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