Richell Mehus, a winner in the AgStar Purple Ribbon Video Contest, with Joe Deufel, executive vice president and chief credit officer at AgStar.
Richell Mehus, a winner in the AgStar Purple Ribbon Video Contest, with Joe Deufel, executive vice president and chief credit officer at AgStar.
Richell Mehus of Spring Grove was one of three winners in the second annual Purple Ribbon Video Contest, a contest held to encourage youth to showcase their role in agriculture.

The contest is put on by AgStar Financial Services, a value-added financial services company owned by its client-stockholders.

In addition to Mehus, who won in the 19- to 21-year-old category, the winners of AgStar's Purple Ribbon Video Contest are Rosemary Edberg (14- to 15-year-old category), and Paul Aarsvold (16- to 18-year-old category). They were each awarded a $500 scholarship from the AgStar Fund for Rural America. Three runners-up were also awarded a $100 scholarship. Winners were announced at the Minnesota State Fair before the 4-H Auction on Saturday.

"These young adults are the future of agriculture," stated Joe Deufel, executive vice president and chief credit officer at AgStar. "By offering these scholarships, we're recognizing youth for their hard work and encouraging them to continue their dedication to a life in agriculture."

Contestants created a two-minute video detailing their preparations of livestock for the fair.  In their submissions, youth were also asked to highlight either the importance of agriculture or its impact to the world for a non-agriculture audience.  Contestants then competed for "likes" on their videos, and the winners of each age group were awarded the scholarship.