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Meredith Kruger: "I'm excited to invest in the next generation of 4-H’ers!”

Meredith Kruger, an international development professional and Marshall County 4-H alum, is our May Minnesota 4-H Featured Alum!

Meredith spent 12 years as a member of the McCrea 4-H Club in Marshall County. Her favorite project areas were demonstrations, public speaking, fashion revue, and sewing. She almost gave up 4-H when she was a preteen, but her mom’s bright idea of inviting Meredith’s best friend and family to join their club kept her involved.

“I'm so glad I stuck with it, because as an older 4-H’er I experienced so many cool things, and met neat people from all over. My childhood would have been much less fun without 4-H.”
One of Meredith’s favorite memories from those “older 4-H years” was participating in the Minnesota 4-H public speaking competition in partnership with the Jewish Community Relations Council. Taking first place in 1997 earned Meredith her very first trip outside of the United States, to Israel, and a passionate world traveler was born!

Since then, Mere…

Featured 4-H Scholar: Megan Sauer

Meet Megan Sauer, a sophomore at Bethany Lutheran College, 4-H alum from Nobles County and 2014 recipient of the David and Valerie Pace Scholarship from the Minnesota 4-H Foundation.



Megan has been an active member of 4-H at both the club and county level. She’s filled several leadership roles in the Elk Tip Toppers 4-H Club including president, secretary and recreation leader and has been on various fundraising and community pride committees. For Nobles County 4-H, she has served as a judge’s assistant, foods committee member, volunteer at the local 4-H camp, and was a County 4-H Ambassador. Of her many volunteer leadership roles, she is especially passionate about teaching youth and adults from across her county about the joys of putting needle to fabric to create objects both beautiful and useful.

“Sewing is a skill that’s declining in our county. My sisters and I have taken this challenge to help teach children and parents how to sew. We love hosting workshops in our home that are …

Erinn Liebhard: "I rely on the skills 4-H taught me as I develop my artistic career.”

Meet Erinn Liebhard, a proud Scott County 4-H alum who is passionate about using dance to better the lives of others. She is our May Minnesota 4-H Featured Alum!

Erinn joined Scott County 4-H as a Cloverbud and deepened her participation every year until she graduated. Her favorite project areas were performing arts, youth leadership, demonstrations, and fashion revue. She participated in Minnesota 4-H State Arts-In for multiple years are a participant, assistant director and choreographer, traveled to Washington D.C. as part of Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF) in 2001 and was a 2002 Minnesota delegate to National 4-H Congress.

Erinn served as a 2001-2002 Minnesota 4-H State Ambassador. She learned a great deal from her fellow Ambassadors about the value and importance of Minnesota agriculture during her year of service. “I have this special memory of the State Fair 4-H dance at the end of my Ambassador experience.  It was really awesome to look around and realize that I was surrou…