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Tony Minnichsoffer: "4-H taught me to be a citizen scientist."

Tony Minnichsoffer showed dairy in 4-H
A proud Chisago County alum of the Hilltoppers 4-H club, Tony Minnichsoffer grew up showing animals, gardening, doing demonstrations, and growing as a leader. He chaired several committees, including being the president of his club and county federation. In each project he participated in, Tony remembers all of the things he learned and all of the skills he gained. "A few things that stick out are the camaraderie, and learning how to be a leader. I also learned public speaking skills," he said.

Tony is a prime example of how the 4-H pledge is lived out. "I think of the pledge almost every day. My heart to greater loyalty, and if everyone thought about that, we would live in a truly different world."

Tony worked as an Ag Journalist
for many years
He went to the University of Minnesota for his undergraduate degree. Originally wanting to be an agriculture scientist, Tony ended up majoring in agriculture journalism.

His first journalism gig was writing for the Minnesota Daily about issues like the global food challenge. He topped off his 40-year journalism career promoting innovations such as using GPS in farming.

Today, Tony self-identifies as a citizen scientist and credits 4-H with igniting his passion. A Minnesota Master Naturalist, Tony is currently working toward certification as a Master Watershed Steward and wants to help preserve Minnesota’s natural resources.

Tony is proud to support Minnesota 4-H and is a strong advocate for the power of the program. Tony’s passion shines through in his advice for youth still in the program:

"Get involved in as many projects as possible. You learn so many skills that can be applied to real-life situations, like communication, leadership, and getting involved in your community. Even though I’m retired, I continue to be a vital part of my community because of my 4-H experience."

Laura Wyatt
Minnesota 4-H Foundation

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