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Marathon Runner To Give Keynote Address

Marathon Runner To Give Keynote Address

Dick Beardsley continues to inspire others with his life story of competition, not giving up.

The Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation Annual Meeting is set for November 17-19 at the Northland Inn in Brooklyn Park.

The meeting will have a variety of sessions on agricultural issues, motivational and leadership development, as well as, Young Farmers & Ranchers contests and award banquets.

This year's featured speaker will be Dick Beardsley on Saturday at the noon luncheon. For a brief moment in the early 1980s, Dick Beardsley became the most famous runner/athlete in the world by losing a race. In the 1982 Boston Marathon, Beardsley, foiled by a motorcycle that cut him off near the end, finished two seconds behind Alberto Salazar in a contest often called one of the most memorable in marathon history. It was the closest finish ever at the world's premier marathon, and both runners broke the course and the American records.

The story of Dick's running career alone is the stuff of legends, but it is the story that comes after that draws people in and keeps them listening. His story of overcoming extreme obstacles speaks to anyone who loves competition, who has survived catastrophe or who has pursued a seemingly impossible goal.

Other annual meeting events include:

-The voting delegate session will begin at 8 a.m. on Friday, November 18. The awards banquet and Foundation auction will also be held on Friday beginning at 5:30 p.m.

-On Saturday, November 19, members will have a variety of educational sessions and the Discussion Meet finals to attend. The noon luncheon will include the keynote speaker, President's address and the announcement of the YF&R award winners. The annual meeting will conclude with the grand prize drawing – a air and hotel expense paid trip for one to the American Farm Bureau Annual Meeting in Honolulu, Hawaii, January 8-11, 2012.

-The YF&R Discussion Meet semifinals and final, Achievement Award interviews and Excellence in Agriculture presentations will be held throughout the day on Saturday. The Final Four Discussion Meet will begin at 11:15 a.m.

-Attendees will have the opportunity to visit with other agriculture leaders, elected officials and fellow Farm Bureau members on Friday at a 4:30 p.m. social hour prior to the recognition banquet.

-Saturday morning's educational sessions will begin at 8:30 a.m. Topics include: 2012 Farm Bill, activist communications, and the 2012 legislative session.

-Distinguished Farm Bureau members will be recognized at the Friday night banquet including: Awards of Excellence, Honorary Life Awards, the Distinguished Service to Agriculture Award and the Foundation Awards.

-The awards presentations will be followed by the Minnesota Farm Bureau Foundation fundraising auction.

-The luncheon at noon on Saturday will feature Dick Beardsley as the keynote speaker and MFBF President Kevin Paap's address.

Source: Minnesota Farm Bureau

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