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Chamber program wraps up first year

Leadership Alexandria 2.0 graduates include, seated from left: Scott Wiethoff, Sara Stadtherr, Brad Lenertz, Tara Bitzan and Amy Reineke. Standing, from left: Michelle Wiethoff, Rachel Jahner, Michelle Ahlquist, Scott Gronholz, Lynn Arnquist, Molly Comer, Nicole Fernholz, Mark Reineke, Kayla Wacholz, Edward Reif, Donna Ryan, Matt VanWatermulen and Kurt Steidl. Not pictured: Brandon Johnson, Chris Merten, Christine Schroeder, Deena Steffl, Del Mari Runck, Erin Berns, Renae Molden and Shawn Stoen.

The first graduating class of the Alexandria Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce's new Leadership Alexandria 2.0 program was announced recently.

Two dozen people went through the program, which was designed as a followup to the Chamber's long-running Leadership Alexandria program.

The Alexandria Chamber partnered with Scott and Michelle Wiethoff of GiANT Worldwide. They worked closely over a nine-month span on the personal leadership style of each participant and the impact it can make on the area.

Participants included: Tara Bitzan and Kayla Wacholz, Alexandria Chamber of Commerce; Nicole Fernholz, Alexandria Area Economic Development Commission; Renae Molden, Alexandria Extrusion; Kurt Steidl, Alexandria Industries; Michelle Ahlquist and Lynn Arnquist, Alexandria Technical & Community College; Edward Reif and Brad Lenertz, Alomere Health; Donna Ryan, Bell Bank; Sara Stadtherr, City of Alexandria; Brandon Johnson, Coldwell Banker/Crown Realtors; Rachel Jahner, Glenwood State Bank; Molly Comer, Habitat for Humanity of Douglas County; Amy Reineke, Horizon Public Health; Erin Berns, LifeSTAGE Wealth Management; Scott Gronholz, Mid-Minnesota Federal Credit Union; Del Mari Runck and Chris Merten, Neighborhood National Bank; Christine Schroeder, StoneBridge Wealth Management; Deena Steffl, Target Stores; Matt VanWatermulen, 3M Abrasive Systems Division Plant; Shawn Stoen, West Central MN Healthcare Preparedness Coalition; and Mark Reineke, Widseth Smith Nolting & Associates.

For more information on Leadership Alexandria 2.0 or Leadership Alexandria, contact the Chamber at 320-763-3161 or