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  • Cottonwood County 4-H/LIA Scholarship Application

    Applications are due to the Extension office by April 1, 2017. See article for a listing of the minimum requirements.
  • Online enrollment for 4-H families

    Enrollment opened Sep. 16!
  • State Fair Results

    Cottonwood County was represented by 32 livestock exhibitors, 18 general encampment exhibitors, and two lama exhibitors. Congratulations to all of our participants, you all did a fantastic job! To find a complete listing of State Fair results and purple ribbon pictures, check out the following link:
  • Federation Executive Meeting

    The Federation Exec. meeting will be held on Monday, October 24 at 7 p.m. at the Extension office. We will be setting the budget and going over programs for the upcoming year.
  • After School Adventure Help Needed

    If you are free on any of the after school adventure dates listed above, please consider helping. Adventures are a fun, hands-on educational program that happens monthly in four schools throughout the county.
  • 4-H Alumni Spotlight – Christy Jackson

    Town of residence: Sanborn, MN 4-H member in which county & club name: Cottonwood County - Germantown Livewires Involvement with 4-H (as youth or adult): Youth: Beef, sheep, general livestock judging, safety, food stand. Adult: Adult volunteer; club leader and General Livestock Judging Team Coach Favorite 4-H memory: Being a member of the 1985 National Western Stock Show Champion 4-H Judging Team! Advice to current 4-H youth: Apply your full self into your projects, don’t do them because your parents want you to, do them to learn about the project, and more importantly, learn about yourself, develop skills and discover where your passion lies. Current occupation: Strategic Account Manager, Zoetis Pork Family: My Parents, Wayne and Judy Pankonin; Brother, Brad; Sister, Carrie; Daughter, Carlie (Jr. SDSU), Cole, HS Sr., Jake, 5th Gr. Why do you think people should be involved in 4-H? Because of the amazing and wide variety project areas, leadership opportunities and competition, members have to explore and learn outside of traditional education. Not to mention, some of the people you meet will go on to be some of your best, life-long friends. Anything else you’d like to include: Tell your school friends that 4-H is cool, invite them to a meeting! It’s so much more than earning a ribbon; it’s about building life-long skills, meeting great people and finding your passion.
  • National 4-H Week Facebook Photo Contest

    We will again have a photo contest on Facebook during National 4-H Week. Post your favorite 4-H picture with the #CottonwoodCounty4H before noon on Friday, Oct. 7 in order to participate. A winner will receive a $10 Subway gift card.
  • National 4-H Week

    National 4-H Week is October 2-8. What are you doing for National 4-H Week? Each club and 4-H member should do something to promote 4-H and recruit new members, making the public aware of the benefits of 4-H. Here are some ideas of what you can do: • Invite local newspapers to do a feature story on your club or 4-H family. • Make a window display or bulletin board for local businesses. • Write a letter to the editor. • Invite friends to come to your club meeting. • Wear 4-H t-shirt on Wednesday, Oct. 5. • Visit classrooms at school and pass out fliers to students. • Talk to your Commissioners and leaders of the importance of 4-H in our local area.
  • State Fair Auction Participants

    Congratulations to Bryce Adrian, Melanie Adrian, Brittany Erickson, Ryan Franz, Tayler Franz, Thomas Sell, Mikaela Smith, Matthew Wiebe and Megan Wiebe for being selected to participate in the MN State Fair Auction!
  • State Fair Herdsmanship

    Congratulations to Cottonwood County rabbit exhibitor – Damian King - for earning fourth place in division II rabbit herdsmanship!
  • State Fair Scholarship Winner

    Congratulations to Juliana Pederson for earning a MLBA scholarship!
  • 4-H Pictures

    If you have any pictures of 4-H’ers “in action” please email them to the Extension Office so they can be included in the banquet slide show. Please have all pictures emailed to Crystal at by October 14.
  • Auction Thank Yous

    If you were in the auction at county fair, please bring your stamped thank you to the Extension office. Once the Extension office receives your thank you, you will be issued your auction check (provided we have received the check from the buyer). All sponsors appreciate a personalized thank you note and helps keep them coming back as a sponsor year after year. A picture thank you from the auction is available at the Extension office.
  • Record Book Judging Volunteers

    We are in need of adult volunteers to judge record books for achievement awards on the county level. Record book judging will run from September 28 – October 5. Judging will run during the work day, but it can be arranged for a volunteer to check out some records for judging. If you are willing to volunteer, please contact the Extension office. You will not judge 4-Hers from your club.
  • Thank you!

    A HUGE thank you to all businesses that have donated money towards the 4-H program over the years! A special thanks to those businesses that find matching donations!
  • 4-H Enrollment and Re-enrollment for 2016-2017

    Don't miss out! The new 4-H year began on October 1 and all 4-H youth and volunteers must be enrolled (or re-enrolled) in order to participate or volunteer in Minnesota 4-H. Enrolling early ensures continued communication about 4-H opportunities and deadlines as well as accident coverage while participating in 4-H programs. Youth may enroll as Cloverbuds (Grades K-2) or club members (Grades 3-13). Project interests are selected as part of the enrollment process but may continue to be updated until county fair exhibit registration is due. Enrollment options are detailed at MN 4-H uses, which means that families can go online to enroll new members and to re-enroll returning members and volunteers. In addition, club and project leaders can access enrollment data in 4HOnline related to their club or project area. Full details about are available at New (first time) 4-H adult volunteers are always welcome and needed! To get started, interested adults must first complete the three step 4-H volunteer screening process before enrolling. Instructions and forms are available at
  • Welcome New Members!

    The 4-H members, leaders and staff of Cottonwood County 4-H would like to say “Welcome” to the following new members: Shohannah Kleine, Springfield Sparklers Cole Paplow, Amboy Sunrisers If you have any questions during the year, please contact your club leader or the Extension staff. The club leaders and staff are more than willing to help you out so that you have a great 4-H experience.
  • Fall Volunteer Training/Federation Meeting

    The fall volunteer training will be held on Monday, September 28 at the Extension office. We will start with supper at 6 p.m. At least one representative from each club needs to be present at this training. The next Federation meeting will follow at approximately 7:30 p.m. at the Extension office.
  • State Horse Show

    Congratulations to the four Cottonwood County 4-H members that participated in the state horse show! Members included Melanie Adrian, Danae Friesen, Kyli Naumann, and Ciera Visker. Congratulations to Kyli for receiving 8th place in 11th grade barrels and 9th place in 11th grade key race!!
  • State Shooting Sports

    Cottonwood County 4-H was represented by Daphne Schleicher and Ethan Schleicher at state shoot. Thank you to John Reid, Ben Schleicher, Missy Raverty, Tyler Raverty, Chad Raverty, Julie Kilian, and Jeremy Bartosh for serving as our Shooting Sports instructors!
  • Afterschool Adventures

    Are you looking for something fun to do after school this fall? Participate in after school adventures! Adventures are open to anyone in grades K-6. After school adventures will be held each month in Comfrey, Windom, Red Rock Central, Mt. Lake and Westbrook Walnut Grove. Look for more information in Community Education catalogs and sign up through Community Education. There is a minimal registration fee for each adventure. Adventures that have been scheduled as follows: Comfrey, 3:30-5 p.m. (Elementary Computer Lab) Thursday, October 27 Thursday, November 10 Thursday, December 15 Mt. Lake, 3:15-4:30 p.m. (Elementary Library) Monday, October 3 Monday, November 7 Monday, December 5 Red Rock Central, 3:15-5 p.m. (Lamberton Cafeteria) Tuesday, October 18 Tuesday, November 15 Tuesday, December 20 Windom, 3:20-5 p.m. (HS FACS room) Monday, October 24 Monday, November 28 Monday, December 19 Thank you to Tammy Holtz for helping at the September Windom 4-H After School Adventures! Westbrook Walnut Grove, 3:30-5:15 p.m. (Old Science/Art Room, Walnut Grove) Wednesday, October 5 Wednesday, November 9 Wednesday, December 14 Thank you to Cindy Lindstrom for helping at the September WWG 4-H After School Adventures!
  • Club Charter Deadline

    Club Charters are due to the Extension office by November 1. If your club does not submit their charter prior to the deadline, Federation will claim your club’s Food Stand check. Before your club will receive the check, needs to successfully complete their charter.
  • Cash your checks

    Checks from the 4-H Federation need to be cashed within 60 days. All checks not cashed after 60 days will be voided and not re-issued.
  • Cloverbud Book “Agventures” (Gr. K-3)

    Learn about the exciting world of agriculture through Cloverbud Book “Agventures”! All youth in grades kindergarten through 3rd grade are welcome to attend monthly Cloverbud “Agventures” throughout the school year. At each “Agventure”, we’ll read a book, construct crafts, and make snacks that relate to the book. Youth that participate will get a FREE book at each adventure! Participants need to RSVP two weeks prior to the class by calling the Extension Office at 831-4022 for each “Agventure” to make sure enough books are ordered. This event is being sponsored by the Cottonwood County 4-H Federation, an anonymous donation and a Minnesota Ag in the Classroom grant. Saturday, Oct. 1, 10-11:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, 10-11:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, 10-11:30 a.m. Location: Cottonwood County Extension Office Thank you to Ryan Franz for bringing in a pig for the September Cloverbud “Agventure”!
  • Federation Executive Team

    Congratulations to the following individuals for being selected as the 2016-2017 4-H Federation Officers: President – Molly Piotter Vice President – Lanee Myers Secretary – Ethan Johnson Youth Treasurer – Megan Wiebe Youth Treasurer Signer – Jacob Schaffer Adult Treasurer – Elizabeth Johnson Historian – Dominik Smith Parliamentarian – Emma Snyder NE Representative – Sam Dammann NW Representative – Brittany Erickson SE Representative – Kalley Rempel SW Representative – Austin Hendricksen Adult Advisors – Robin Snyder, Karen Sell, Hilary Paplow, & John Smith LIA Representative – Juliana Pederson
  • Earn FREE Money for Cottonwood County 4-H

    By using the search engine (which is similar to, you can select Cottonwood County 4-H as your favorite charity and earn money for the 4-H program. Simply type in what you want to search or order items through different stores. It’s a quick and easy way to earn some free money for 4-H!
  • “LIKE” our Cottonwood County 4-H Facebook page

    Find photos of Cottonwood County 4-H events and get information on our Facebook page. Find us on Facebook by searching for “Cottonwood County 4-H” or visiting our page at
  • 4-H Banquet

    Mark your calendars to attend the 4-H Banquet on Saturday, Nov. 5 at 7 p.m. at the American Lutheran Church in Windom. This year’s host clubs are Germantown Livewires and Delton Doers. County fair plaques, livestock interview medals, year membership certificates, graduation presents, 4-H Alumni Award, Friend of 4-H Award, and other honors will be handed out at this event. Come celebrate your achievements!
  • Livestock PDC Meetings

    There will be a livestock PDC meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 15 at 7:30 p.m. at the Extension Office. We will be reviewing county fair. Please contact the office with any ideas or issues that need to be added to the agenda.
  • Horse PDC Meeting

    The Horse project meeting will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 15 at 6:30 p.m. at the Extension Office. We will be reviewing the clinics and county fair.
  • Severe Weather Reminder

    As the weather changes, we would like to remind you that all 4-H county meetings will be postponed or cancelled if there is threatening weather. We will do our best to cancel/postpone meetings at least two hours before their scheduled start time. Announcements will be made on KDOM and also by email. Remember that weather conditions do vary from one side of the county to the other, so please use your own judgment in deciding if traveling is safe for your kids and family. We always welcome your calls if you are concerned about the weather and we will do our best to inform you well in advance of any cancellations.
  • Have You Changed Your E-Mail Address?

    In an attempt to better utilize e-mail for 4-H communications, we want to make sure that we have got your correct e-mail address(es). Please let us know if you have changed your address recently!
  • Cottonwood County Event Calendar October-January

    OCTOBER  1 Cloverbuds, Ext. Office, 10-11:30 a.m.  2-8 National 4-H Week  3 Mt. Lake After School Adventures, 3:15-4:30 p.m.  5 WWG After School Adventures, 3:30-5:15 p.m.  8-15 Crystal at National Conference  18 RRC After School Adventures, 3:15-5 p.m.  24 Windom After School Adventures, 3:30-5 p.m.  24 Federation Exec. Meeting, Ext. Office, 7 p.m.  27 Comfrey After School Adventures, 3:30-5 p.m. NOVEMBER  1 Club Charter Deadline  5 Recognition Banquet, American Lutheran Church in Windom, 7 p.m.  7 Mt. Lake After School Adventure, 3:15-4:30 p.m.  9 WWG After School Adventures, 3:30-5:15 p.m.  10 Comfrey After School Adventures, 3:30-5 p.m.  15 RRC After School Adventures, 3:15-5 p.m.  15 Horse PDC Meeting, Ext. Office, 6:30 p.m.  15 Livestock PDC Meeting, Ext. Office, 7:30 p.m.  19 Cloverbuds, Ext. Office, 10-11:30 a.m.  28 Windom After School Adventures, 3:30-5 p.m.  28 Fall Volunteer Training (FVT), Ext. Office, 6 p.m. (Supper provided)  28 Federation, Ext. Office, Following FVT DECEMBER  3 Cloverbuds, Ext. Office, 10-11:30 a.m.  5 Mt. Lake After School Adventures, 3:15-4:30 p.m.  14 WWG After School Adventures, 3:5:15 p.m.  15 Comfrey After School Adventures, 3:30-5 p.m.  19 Windom After School Adventures, 3:30-5 p.m.  20 RRC After School Adventures, 3:15-5 p.m. JANUARY  23 Federation, Ext. Office, 7 p.m.
  • From the director: I am #4HGrown

    Associate dean and state 4-H director Dorothy Freeman invites you to help celebrate National 4-H Week
  • Attend National 4-H Conference!

    Application deadline Nov. 10
  • Message from Dorothy: Clover Update moving to an e-newsletter

    Look for the new format in October!
  • Announcing SS&W leader certification trainings

    Attend a training near you!
  • Join us in a Drone Discovery!

    Do you want free STEM kits?
  • Take the 4th H for Health Challenge!

    Is your club is ready to take on the challenge?
  • Announcing club chartering resources and deadlines!

    Charters are due Nov. 1!
  • Online training required for all 4-H chaperones

    This includes chaperones at Minnesota State Fair!
  • Announcing 2016 scholarship recipients

    Congratulations to this year's winners!
  • Share your stories about the 4-H pledge

    Help celebrate 4-H #TrueLeaders
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