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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, Meredith’s professional work and personal interests have taken her to a variety of countries including Bosnia, Sri Lanka, and Italy. Most recently Meredith has been working in Malawi Africa on a two-year appointment as Deputy Chief of Party for the International Development Division of Land O’ Lakes, Inc.

“I've been working on an agriculture development project, helping over 51,000 farmers learn better planting techniques and form cooperatives. I love the challenge that comes with working in another culture, the way it makes me re-examine my own choices and perspectives.”

Meredith holds a B.A in political science from Hamline University, and an M.A in International Development from American University in Washington DC. After completing her contract in Malawi, Meredith will return to Minnesota and hopes to re-engage with the local 4-H program that had such a significant impact on her development.

“I'm such a big fan of 4-H and what it does for youth. It’s meant so much to me, I’m excited to give back and invest in the next generation of Minnesota 4-H’ers!”

This spring, Meredith and her new husband Kevin will resettle in Saint Louis Park, where Kevin teaches and makes her laugh every day. Meredith writes about travel, international development, economics, farming, food, and hunger/obesity issues at http://beyondtheshelterbelt.blogspot.com.


If you would like to be a future Minnesota Featured Alum, please share your story using this online form. And if you'd like to nominate somebody you know, please contact Erin Kelly-Collins at erinkc@umn.edu to learn more.

Erin Kelly-Collins
Alumni Coordinator
Minnesota 4-H Foundation

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