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2018 = 100 years for Beltrami County 4-H.

We will celebrate this milestone all year long, and expand our celebration during the Breakfast on the Farm event, June 24, 2018. 

We are looking for volunteers to help with our celebration throughout the year.    This is also the 100th year of Farm Bureau in Beltrami County.  It is going to be a great year!

National 4-H Note:
At a 1918 Exposition G. L. Noble of Armour and Co. ran into 4-H leaders Ray Turner of Michigan, T. A. Erickson of Minnesota and Paul C. Taff, Iowa. They discussed the enthusiasm for boys and girls club work and the opportunity to visit this great event. It started the Armour employee on his dream of a national committee to coordinate support from business and industry to award trips to the Exposition and perhaps serve this youth movement in other ways. Noble convinced his employer to appropriate $5,000 to sponsor 40 trips for boys and girls to the 1919 International Livestock Exposition. This became the first annual club tour. Noble opened the tour up to other youth sponsored by Swift, Wilson, Meredith and several railroads, and state-sponsored delegates, bringing the total to 211 club members.

This is also the year the story of Beltrami 4-H began.... more to share as the year unfolds.

Please consider being a part of the celebration and sharing/saving our history.

Suggestions for creating our own “4-H History Saving Team”

A county team:
Four or five members – people with a passion for history or connections to the past, such as
• a retired 4-H staff member,
• a current 4-H club volunteer,
• a couple of 4-H teen leaders, and
• maybe yourself.

It would also be great if on the team,
• one member has expertise in researching,
• another has computer skills,
• one knows past 4-H volunteers,
• one is familiar with county history organizations, and
• one knows ways of recruiting a donor to cover costs.

It is necessary to be trained in:
• what from years past should be found and saved,
• where to find these items,
• how to collect them, where to store them,
• what can be disposed, and
• what to save today for retaining our current history.

Talk to members of your 4-H Club and Community about their 4-H stories and join us at the next 4-H County Council Meeting, January 8 at 6 p.m.

To learn more about 4-H in Beltrami County, contact:


Ann Marie Ward
County 4-H Program Coordinator
(218) 444-5722
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