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Minnesota state FFA officers in 1996 were (front row, left to right): Reporter Stephanie Yonker, Sentinel Laura Heiden and Secretary Arianne (Oudekerk) Steenblock. Back row (left to right) Vice President Mark Jirik, Treasurer Josh Tjosaas and President Lance Miller.

When memories and experiences remain with someone for 25 years, the stories are worth noting. Every year, The Land tracks down the Minnesota state FFA officers from 25 years ago to hear of the impact FFA had made in their lives. And every year the stories carry a common thread of hard work, nerves, comradery and rewards sometimes not realized until years later.

This year’s batch of recollections had a more unusual, distinctive bond involving a camp and a big Minnesota thunderstorm. We’ll let the officers tell the story.

The Land’s visit with past officers always prints in April to coincide the state FFA convention. Because of Covid-19, the 2020 convention took place in May and in a virtual format. Unfortunately, the 2021 Minnesota State FFA Convention will also be held virtually the week of April 19-23.

We would like to thank the people who shared their time and stories for this issue. The Land would also like to thank the many ag instructors and FFA advisors who guide and influence our future leaders. Congratulations to the FFA organization, its members and their families for another successful year in dealing with the setbacks of the pandemic. It is our hope you all may gather in unison in 2022.    

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