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Who Knew Then: An Arts-In story spanning 40 years and 1400 miles

I have always said that 4-H introduced me to the activities and experiences that I enjoy most in my life. I thrive on travel (4-H trips to Washington D.C.) enjoy teaching people, (demonstrations with the Lively Lassies 4-H Club of Isanti County) love to be in the garden and "put up" vegetables, pickles and jams (Isanti County Fair 4-H competitions), perform folk music (4-H Share the Fun) and bake lavishly for my family and book group (4-H food projects).

But of all the wonderful experiences I had as a 4-H'er, the one program that had the most powerful and long-lasting impact on me was the Minnesota 4-H State Arts-In program. Developed in the 1970's, youth from all over the state came to the 4-H building on the Minnesota State Fairgrounds to do drama and music or concentrate on visual arts.

Our visual arts group's mission was to make large hanging banners for the entrance of the 4-H building and build colorful displays for throughout the exhibit hall. The adult l…

Special Gifts in Honor of Special 4-H People

During this holiday season, Minnesota 4-H alumni and friends are making gifts in support of youth development in honor or memory of 4-H members and staff who made a lasting impact on them.

Nancy Frosaker made a gift in honor of her lifelong friends Lucia Orcutt and Paula Lee.Myron Hill made a gift in honor of his wife Arlene Hill.Gloria Given made a gift in memory of her late husband Robert Given.Kennard & Patsy Rossow made a gift in memory of Adeline E. Rossow, an aunt who was a 50+ year 4-H leader.Lou Ann Restad made a gift in honor of her friend Evelyn Quesenberry McDonald and in memory of Bernice Kopel.William & Karen Hoernemann made a gift in honor of their sister Jeannette Rhude.Dede & Bill Hard made a gift in honor of the 4-H State Fair Team.Dale & Rose Turnacliff made a gift in honor of former co-Extension Agent Brad Rugg.Lucia & Harold Orcutt made a gift in memory of Lucia's father Julius "Bud" Mobraten and in honor of dear friends Paula Lee