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Jerry Ludwig named Minnesota 4-H outstanding lifetime volunteer

Jerry Ludwig of Redwood County is the 2018 Minnesota 4-H Outstanding Lifetime Volunteer.

Jerry leads the 4-H Shooting Sports and Wildlife Project in Redwood County. He also serves on the Minnesota 4-H State Project Development Committee, providing guidance for shooting sports and widelife programs throughout the state.

Jerry mentors young people to achieve mastery and develop important life skills, including integrity of decision-making. A retired veteran, Jerry is dedicated to service, which is evident in the work he does with youth and adult volunteers.

A panel of judges chose Jerry from an excellent list of nominees. He advances to judging of volunteer awardees from 4-H programs across the the north central region of the U.S. If selected, she will then be judged at the national level.

The National 4-H Salute to Excellence Awards recognize volunteers who demonstrate exemplary service to 4-H. Each year, Minnesota 4-H nominates one exceptional individual who has volunteered 10 years o…

Crissy Otting named Minnesota 4-H volunteer of the year

Crissy Otting of Clearwater County is the 2018 Minnesota 4-H Salute to Excellence Volunteer of the Year.

Crissy has been instrumental in bringing youth voice to the county's horse project. She creates an environment of belonging through her genuine interest and concern for youth and their families.

Crissy's commitment to young people and the 4-H program is clear. She is a consistently guides 4-H'ers to thrive and be active members in their program.

A panel of judges chose Crissy from an outstanding list of nominees. She advances to judging of volunteer awardees from 4-H programs across the the north central region of the U.S. If selected, she will then be judged at the national level.

The National 4-H Salute to Excellence Awards recognize volunteers who demonstrate exemplary service to 4-H. Each year, Minnesota 4-H nominates one outstanding individual who has volunteered for less than 10 years for the Volunteer of the Year category.

Becky Harrington Extension educator and vo…

What do rockets, television, and poultry have in common?

You may recognize his face as a reporter for WCCO-TV, but did you know Jon Lauritsen got his start in 4-H?

The Emmy award-winning reporter grew up in Chippewa County, Minnesota on a rural pig farm.

As a 4-H'er, Jon was involved in many different areas. "It's been 30 years now, but it was a great experience." A fond memory for Jon was being being able to shoot a rocket up into the sky as part of a 4-H aeronautics project.

After heading off to college at St. Cloud State University, Jon lost touch with his 4-H roots. It wasn't until many years later that a unique opportunity drew him back.

2010 was the first year of the Minnesota 4-H Poultry Prince and Princess Contest. This scholarship program is an opportunity for 4-H youth to be recognized for their poultry knowledge, experience, leadership and confidence. The final portion of this contest is a televised question and answer round. Jon was approached to host this program because of rural roots. "In Minneapol…

4-H'er leaves her mark by passing the torch...

At the end of her career in 4-H, Alli P. is wishing to make a bigger impact. The Carlton County 4-H'er has spent her entire youth in the horse project, learning and being encouraged by the youth who came before her.

Looking back on these past 13 years, Alli credits 4-H for empowering her with leadership skills she'll use throughout life. From serving as a club officer to representing her community as Carlton County's dairy princess, 4-H helped Alli work hard and achieve even the highest goals she set for herself. "I set goals initially based on what people said I couldn't do and having 4-H there to help me accomplish those goals meant everything to me."

Alli loved growing up on her family's farm near Willow River, Minnesota. Her parents couldn't get her out of the barns. 4-H was an after school opportunity for Alli to invest her free time building knowledge and practical skills in both the dairy and horse projects. Horses were her favorite.

"Hors…

Giving to grow leaders

Monthly column from Minnesota 4-H director Dorothy McCargo Freeman


Dear 4-H volunteers and supporters,

Imagine with me a young person named Mela...

Mela is 12 years old.
Standing in front of a large group of energetic, and slightly rambunctious, peers.
Her heart is thumping.
Her goal is clear.

Help everybody feel welcome and connected to each other.

"I've got this," she quietly says to herself.

Mela is confident and skilled. Mela is a true leader.

She's like that because of you.

And she is just like so many youth in our 4-H program!

This time of year draws us toward expressions of love, compassion, and joy. We often express these feelings by giving. We give to share our good feelings with others.

In 4-H, we know how important giving is. With our gifts, we grow leaders.