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Murray County 4-H'ers build disc golf course for community exercise and fun!

Each spring the Minnesota 4-H Foundation distributes grants to 4-H clubs who want to make a difference in their community. We will be featuring one grantee every month this year to celebrate all the wonderful ways Minnesota 4-H'ers are living out the 4-H Pledge. Our April featured grantee saw an opportunity to enhance a local park which allowed youth to directly contribute to their community. We hope you enjoy their story.
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An open space, a willing community, a bright idea, and a 4-H club are the perfect ingredients for a fantastic community service project. The Lakers 4-H Club of Murray County knew just this, and in 2015 youth member Dawson Tutt proposed they build a Frisbee golf course within the community. A local park and campground, Swenson Park, was chosen and approved as the location for the course.

After Dawson and his father, Kerry, designed the course, 27 youth members and 15 adult volunteers came together to bring the project to life. This includ…

Aaron Doering: "Because of 4-H, I developed a passion and drive for learning."

Aaron Doering, the youngest child of Sharon and Royce Doering, was raised on a farm outside Good Thunder, Minnesota. He was a member of the Lyra Merry Workers 4-H Club in Blue Earth County along with his sister Sheryl and brother Al. Throughout the 1980’s he participated in several 4-H projects including woodworking, sheep, rabbits and cattle. Aaron’s fondest 4-H memories revolve around fair time in the summer.


“There was always so much excitement in our family leading up to the county fair. We spent all our extra time preparing ourselves and our animals for competition. It was such a wonderful way for our family to connect with each other and it really helped to nurture our sense of self.”


Spending time on the fairgrounds with fellow 4-H’ers caring for their animals developed in Aaron a strong sense of responsibility, duty and community.

“My parents would rent a camper so we could all stay together at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds. I remember loving herdsmenship because all of us f…

Minnesota farmers help grow communities through 4-H

$17,500 was recently donated by Minnesota farmers in support of local 4-H programs across the state. We're grateful for the America's Farmers: Grow Communities grant program from the Monsanto Fund for facilitating this generous donation.

Nancy Keene selected Washington County 4-H to receive $2,500 "The plan for the money will be to make improvements in the 4-H building at the county fairgrounds." -Washington County 4-H Program Coordinator Ann Church
Mike Maas selected Big Stone County 4-H to receive $2,500 "Funding from the Monsanto's America's Farmers Grow Communities grant will be use to purchase needed equipment for the Big Stone County Shooting Sports Program." Big Stone County 4-H Program Coordinator Suzanne Sousa
Brad Larson selected Grant County 4-H to receive $2,500 "What a wonderful surprise! Grant County will used the funds to support growing the 4-H programming and giving new opportunities to 4-H'ers." -Grant County 4-H Progra…