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Showing posts from February, 2016

Brown County 4-H'ers help build a whole new generation of horse enthusiasts!

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 February featured grantee wanted to build horse enthusiasm and access for youth across Brown County, Minnesota. We hope you enjoy their story.

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Say "welcome" to the Golden Rose Riders 4-H Club of Brown County, established in September of 2014! This club's goal is to increase local youth interest and education in the Minnesota 4-H horse project. Participation in Brown County 4-H's horse project has been low in numbers lately, but local interest in horses is high. Using this knowledge, the club decided to hold a clinic to introduce area youth to the horse project, their new club, and 4-H in general. With a Helping Hands Grant from the Minnesota 4-H Foundation,…

Katie Klosterbuer: "The 4-H program helped me prepare for all aspects of my career."

Katie Klosterbuer, a Rock County 4-H alum, was a proud second generation member of the Livewires 4-H Club. Her primary project areas were Youth Leadership, Dairy, and Food & Nutrition. Here’s a snapshot of our recent conversation about how every stage of her academic and professional career has been infused with 4-H.

Erin Kelly-Collins: What is one of your favorite 4-H memories?
Katie Klosterbuer: A favorite was definitely the time spent with my fellow Rock County 4-H Ambassadors to plan and create educational, hands-on and fun learning opportunities for Rock County youth. One summer we had five Rock County 4-H Ambassadors chosen to be counselors at the Southwest Regional 4-H Camp which made camp really fun!

EKC: Did you participate in any state or national 4-H experiences?
KK: I had the privilege of attending the Minnesota State Fair for 4 years as a 4-H’er. I was able to share my Youth Leadership project with others at the state fair. The other years I was able to promote my favo…

Siehl Prize Laureate donates prize money to local 4-H program

Dr. Stanley Diesch, a 2015 Siehl Prize Laureate, along with his wife Darlene, had an exciting opportunity when his award was announced: where to invest the prize money so that they could encourage the next generation of passionate learners in Minnesota.

In honor of their two grandsons, Andrew and Steven Wagner, Dr. and Mrs. Diesch donated $1,000 to support the 4-H program in Chisago County.

"We donated this in thankfulness to 4-H for its benefit for our two grandsons who grew up in Chisago County and were in 4-H their whole lives until age 19."

Gifts in support of local 4-H programs can really make a difference for youth as they explore their diverse interest areas and build leadership skills.

"We are grateful to be able to use this donation to fund and expand our reach with the 2nd year of GREY (Growing Responsible & Empowered Youth)," said Jeremy Freeman, Chisago County 4-H program coordinator. "This youth-led leadership conference empowers Chisago County yo…

Le Sueur County 4-H'er Brian Prchal receives scholarships for agriculture study and research

Meet Brian Prchal, a freshman at South Dakota State University and the recipient of three scholarships from the Minnesota 4-H Foundation!

Brian's vision for the future is to live as self sufficiently as possible. He plans to pursue degrees in mechanical and precision agricultural engineering, as well as a minor in sustainable energy. As a student at South Dakota State University, Brian hopes to utilize his courses of study to create new and improved machinery that will help preserve and protect the world's natural resources. He plans to focus on reducing soil compaction, the use of fossil fuels, and the carbon footprint, all while preserving natural habitats by lessening the amount of herbicides and pesticides, but not decreasing production. He plans for his future farm to have as many renewable energy sources as possible, including wind, solar, biodiesel, and geothermal sources.

Brian has been active in Le Sueur County 4-H since the 4th grade, and was involved in a variety of p…