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Facilitator Patrick Overton speaks to participants in New Richmond's first Leadership Trust Initiative session last week. The training program, coordinated by the New Richmond Area Community Foundation and the New Richmond Area Front Porch Project, will continue over the next year.

Leadership effort aims to prepare community for future

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A community leader feels frustrated with decisions made by local officials.

He gets angry, expresses his displeasure and then stops being involved.

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It's not an uncommon pattern for small municipalities, which rely heavily on business and political leaders to get things done.

People get burned out if things don't go their way. Emotions run high when differing opinions are aired on critical issues. People drop out under the stress of community change.

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