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Douglas County 4-H'ers use microscopes to explore tiny water creatures

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's 4-H'ers are living out the 4-H Pledge. Our October featured grantee explored the "invisible" world of microscopic water creatures. We hope you enjoy their story.
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Douglas County Shooting Sports and Wildlife Program is a 4-H club that allows members to explore a variety of recreational shooting disciplines as well as learn about wildlife in Minnesota. With a 2015 Helping Hands Grant, they were able to build a project that allowed youth and adults learn about microscopic pond life as well as other aquatic creatures. They hosted this project at the Douglas County Fair and the Shooting Sports Invitational. I had a chance to speak with Anakin Bosek, the youth leader of the project, about his experience with water creatures and this Douglas…

Jeff Emslander: 3M scientist pairs with 4-H for mentorship and fun

Growing up on a dairy farm in Pine City, Jeff Emslander was involved in agriculture from a young age. As a member of Sunnyside 4-H, he participated in a variety of traditional 4-H experiences: growing vegetables, showing dairy cattle and participating in the dairy judging team. However, Jeff’s passion was in the sciences. Through 4-H, he was able to explore this interest further, creating electricity exhibits and other science projects.

After completing high school and attending the University of Minnesota, Jeff began work with 3M. Thirty years later, he is working as a Staff Scientist in the corporate research lab department, with his focus being on polymers (plastics). Craving novelty, he enjoys this position as he gets to combine and create materials in ways others have not before.
Jeff’s reintroduction to 4-H as an adult is thanks to his wife and children, who were active in the horse program and other various projects in their local 4-H club. He loved helping his children on the…

2016 4-H Scholarship Recipients Announced

Congratulations to the Minnesota 4-H Foundation's 2016 scholarship recipients. These seven outstanding 4-H youth and alumni from across Minnesota stood out among the nearly 100 individuals who submitted applications. Make a gift toward one of these scholarships today!


Kern Scholarship recipientTaylor Fankhanel, Beltrami County – Taylor is a 13-year 4-H member who focused on animal science, self-determined and performing arts. She has served in leadership roles at the club and county level and mentors in the 4-H poultry project. Taylor will be attending the University of Minnesota –Twin Cities, studying applied mathematics.Alternate: Timothy Farrell, Mower County

David E. Pace and Valerie Halverson Pace Leadership Scholarship recipientAimee Schulz, Sherburne County – Aimee is studying genetics, agronomy and animal science at Iowa State University. She discovered her passion for genetics while participating in a regional 4-H Horse Quiz Bowl competition. She has focused her 4-H leaders…