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Agens receives 'Be Inspiring' recognition for being role model

Each month the Working Together Coalition recognizes a “Be Inspiring” recipient for being an inspiring, positive, adult role model for youth. Bill Agens has been recognized as the Pine River-Backus December “Be Inspiring” recipient.

Agens, originally from Red Bluff, Calif., has lived in the Pine River area for 20 years. He has been married to his wife, Randi, for 23 years and has two children, Eric and Kayci, and a 6-year-old grandson, Camden.

Agens was nominated because of his connections with many youth in the area. He started volunteering with Timber Bay seven years ago and discovered he has a passion and gift to work with youth in fifth through 12th grades. Three and a half years ago he had the opportunity to become part of the Timber Bay staff as the area director.

“I see a need for children to learn responsibility and commitment,” Agens said. “I build relationships with kids in such a way that they will seek out Christ on their own.”

Agens is also a Kinship Partner and along with his wife, Randi, mentors one youth through Kinship Partners.

When he is not at Timber Bay or with his Kinship partner, Agens is at The Warehouse, where he is an intern working with youth in fifth through 12th grades in after school programming.

Agens said his role model while growing up was his dad, a U.S. Marine who always insisted upon doing things right. Agens believes as a community “we need more adult role models to be a positive influence in the lives of our kids.”

“Being a good role model is important because it is my chance to make a difference in the future of kids’ lives,” he said. Join the Working Together Coalition in honoring Agens, who is truly making a difference in the lives of kids.

Did you know that by being a positive, inspiring adult role model you are building developmental assets among the youth in our community? Developmental assets are positive qualities that influence young people’s development, helping them to become caring, responsible and productive adults.

The more developmental assets young people have, the less likely they are to be involved in risk-taking behaviors such as using alcohol, tobacco and other drugs.

Nominations are being accepted for “Be Inspiring” recipients. Submit a nomination to Kelly Felton at 218-330-8129 or go to

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