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Big Stone 4-H Program receives Association of Minnesota Counties Award

The Big Stone County 4-H program has been selected as recipients of the 2017 Association of Minnesota Counties 4-H Community Leadership award.

The organization is being recognized for the Aquatic Robotics/Aquatic Invasive Education work in the county provided by 4-Hers, Staff and volunteers.  “This is a pretty big achievement for our program. To be recognized at the state level for the work done in the county with the AIS Education program is a great honor,” said 4-H Program Coordinator, Suzanne Souza.  

In 2016 The Aquatic Robotics /Aquatic Invasive Species Education program involved 10 4-H youth, 3 volunteers and staff from the University of Minnesota Extension and Bonanza Education Center. The group used educational resources from the Minnesota DNR, Minnesota Sea Grant Program and the 4-H Aquatic Robotics project in their work.  Because of the dedication and commitment of those involved in the program, 19 Aquatic Invasive Species Education programs were delivered within the county. The program reached 527 youth through local schools districts. 65 adults received AIS Education as well, including the local lake organization and community stakeholders. During fishing openers and tournaments, over a 100 fishing enthusiasts were given AIS prevention packets. The group also gave Aquatic Robotic demonstrations during the Sports and Leisure Show as well as hosted an AIS scavenger hunt during Lake Days.  Each year, the Association of Minnesota Counties selects two 4-H club projects to receive monetary awards for their contributions and service to their communities. These projects must have responded to real community needs, had a great impact, and been driven by youth.  The project must have happened in the 2016 year.  Part of the application process included evidence of project, and letters of support from stakeholders.


Suzanne Souza
County 4-H Program Coordinator
(320) 839-6380
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