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Redwood County 4-H'ers use their hands for larger service

4-H proudly teaches youth the importance of using their hands for larger service!
Courtney, an 11th grader in Redwood County who has been a 4-H member for 12 years, along with fellow members of the Lamberton Leprechauns 4-H Club, recently participated in a Share the Spirit community service project, which was funded by a Helping Hands Grant from the Minnesota 4-H Foundation. This project taught them a variety of leadership skills while increasing their understanding of the importance of helping others in the midst of hard times.


19 youth and 7 adults volunteered in this project to create blankets for children and families in need. They made 18 fleece blankets and donated them to the local Share the Spirit program that helps community members across Redwood County share skills and resources during the winter holiday season.

Kerry Netzke, co-club leader and adult mentor for the Share the Spirit project described it this way. "We [as adults] wanted to engage our youth in every step …

Olmsted County 4-H'ers use their hands for larger service

Ryan is a 12th grader in Olmsted County and a 4-H member for 12 years. He, along with his mom, brother and fellow members of the New Haven Sodbusters 4-H Club, recently participated in a Care Blankets for Childrencommunity service project, which taught them the importance of helping others in the midst of hard times.
45 youth and 51 adults volunteered in this project to hand-make blankets for kids who are experiencing long stays in the hospital. They partnered with the director of children’s life at the Mayo Eugenio-Litta Children’s Hospital in Rochester to ensure that all 73 fleece blankets were given to children who need to know that many people are thinking of and supporting them as they get well.
This project was an especially great development opportunity for Ryan, who played a key leadership role in its planning and development. "It taught me that I can lead and lead well; I can use my leadership abilities to do good and help others serve as well," he said in a recent …

4-H youth in Roseau County help others in the midst of hard times

4-H proudly teaches rural Minnesota youth the importance of using their hands for larger service!
Brianne is an 11th grader and has been a Roseau County 4-H member for the past 2 years. She recently participated in a “Pillows with a Purpose” service project with other 4-H’ers from across Roseau County. This project really showed her the importance of helping others in the midst of hard times.

18 youth and 10 adults volunteered in this project to make 90 pillowcases for people who are experiencing extended hospitalization or are in need of emergency shelter. These passionate 4-H'ers donated their handmade pillowcases to LifeCare Medical Center and the Northern Minnesota Red Cross Chapter. The project was an especially great development opportunity for Brianne, teaching her the value of people of all ages coming together to share skills and resources. She also learned that she could use her leadership abilities to do good and help others serve as well.

"4-H has taught me so muc…

Meeker County 4-H'ers use hands for larger service

Kylee is a 10th grader in Meeker County and has been a 4-H member for 11 years. She, along with fellow members of the Litchfield Satellites 4-H Club recently participated in a 100% Healing Power Packs for Kids community service project, which was funded by a Helping Hands Grant from the Minnesota 4-H Foundation.This project showed participants the importance of helping others in the midst of hard times.
36 youth and 14 adults volunteered on this project to create power packs for kids who have long stays at local hospitals. Participants made fleece blankets and friendship bracelets and included them with books, pillowcases, neck warmers, water bottles and other comforting items that kids might want while they get well.
4-H youth were leaders in every step of this community service project, from discussing and planning during club meetings, to grant writing, to creating and delivering the power packs. Kylee specifically developed a lot of leadership skills while coordinating the project, …

Pine County 4-H'ers use their hands for larger service

Minnesota 4-H is committed to teaching youth the importance of using their hands for larger service. Hallie is a 6th grader in Pine County and has been a 4-H member for 7 years. She, along with her fellow club members, has been participating in an ongoing service project at The Manor, a home for senior citizens in Pine City, Minnesota. This project has really developed in these young people a commitment to being in relationship with older members of their community.

A few times a year Hallie's 4-H club visits The Manor to give small gifts to the residents and spend time getting to know them. During the holiday season they made and delivered cookies and sang carols and in the spring they love to bring hand-potted plants that their senior friends can plant in the local community garden.
"I've learned a lot from this service project," said Hallie. "I’m not only learning the value of being consistent and dependable when serving my community but also have seen how spe…

Featured 4-H Scholar: Anna Krueger

Meet Anna Krueger, a freshman at the University of Wisconsin -River Falls, 4-H alum from Washington County and 2014 recipient of the CCI Innovation in Agriculture Scholarship from the Minnesota 4-H Foundation.



Anna has been an active member of 4-H for 13 years at both the club and county level. She's filled multiple leadership roles in the Soil Savers 4-H Club including president, vice president, historian and reporter and recently completed a term as president of the Washington County 4-H Federation. She has also proudly served as a youth leader in her county 4-H ambassador program, organizing various educational workshops and events throughout the years.


"Serving as a youth leader with Washington County 4-H has helped me to discover that I have a passion for helping others experience 4-H. I plan on being a volunteer in the 4-H program, giving future generations of youth the same opportunities to experience the fantastic program that I have had during my 4-H career."


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Deborah Jean Templin: 4-H introduced me to my career on stage

Deborah Jean Templin is a proud 4-H alum from McLeod County, Minnesota. She is a professional actor who has been a member of Actors Equity Association and the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists since 1977.


During her ten years as an active member of the Plato Go-Getters 4-H club, she finished projects in clothing, photography, dress review, conservation and leadership.  At the state level, she served as youth treasurer for the Minnesota State 4-H program, played Mother Goose during Share the Fun at the Minnesota State Fair and won the 1967 State 4-H radio speech contest on the topic What Living in a Culturally Pluralistic Society Means to Me.
“The experience of winning the radio speaking contest, traveling, meeting new people - was typical of what 4-H did for me and what I think 4-H does best.  It gives youth the skills to take care of themselves and explore the world.”
Deborah Jean credits 4-H with introducing her to theatre and sparking her passi…

Announcing the new Lincoln County 4-H Endowment!

The Minnesota 4-H Foundation is excited to announce the creation of a new 4-H endowment for Lincoln County. The Lincoln County 4-H Leader’s Council, which consists of both youth and adult leaders from the eight local 4-H clubs, made the Lincoln County 4-H Endowment a reality.


As part of the 4-H Leaders Council, Lincoln County youth will have opportunities to make decisions in partnership with adults about how funds generated through this new endowment will be used to benefit young people in their community. The Leaders Council hopes to use these the earnings from this endowment to support and strengthen ongoing programs, provide start-up dollars for innovative new programs, support local 4-H members’ learning through self-selected projects, and to increase the visibility and public support for 4-H throughout Lincoln County.

Contributions from interested individuals, organizations, corporations or foundations may be added to the Lincoln County 4-H Endowment at any time, furthering the…