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Koenen receives Farmers Union Torchbearer Award

ST. PAUL -- Minnesota Farmers Union gave out its Torchbearer Award at its 69th annual state convention Nov. 21.

The award winners included Levi Koenen of Clara City.

"In order to receive the Torchbearers' Award, you have to show dedication to the Farmers Union cause and a commitment that a lot of kids their age would not be able to do," said Doug Peterson, Minnesota Farmers Union President.

In order to be eligible to win the Torchbearer Award, the youth must have been involved with the Farmers Union education program for at least four years. Since the 1930s, the Torchbearer ceremony has marked the conclusion of a Farmers Union young person's work in the youth program, and the commencement of his/her participation into adult Farmers Union activities.