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CWC National 4-H Week 20-17

October 1-7, 2017 is National 4-H Week, and Crow Wing County is celebrating the over 250 4-H youth members and 70 adult volunteers who have made an impact on the community. You may know 4-H from seeing members and their projects at the County and State Fair, but 4-H members are busy throughout the year participating in monthly meetings, project development committees, performing community service, and developing leadership skills. Today’s 4-H members still participate in the traditional and still popular agriculture and animal science projects. However, 4-H also has project areas that include engineering design, digital photography, performing arts, shooting sports and wildlife, and computer programming.

The 4-H youth development program provides “learn by doing” experiences to encourage youth to experiment, innovate and think independently. Through this unique process, youth obtain essential life skills such as problem solving, decision making, coping and communicating that prepare them to succeed in their school, college, community, and careers. Research shows that youth who participate in 4-H have better grades and are more emotionally engaged with school, are more than twice as likely to be civically active and contribute to their communities, and are 47% less likely to have risky or problem behaviors.

“4-H provides positive non-school learning opportunities that are critical for the development of young people,” said Dorothy McCargo Freeman, State 4-H Youth Development Program Leader. “As a result, 4-H youth are able to contribute and make a difference in positive ways in their homes, schools and communities throughout Minnesota.”

Look for 4-H lawn displays throughout the county as Crow Wing County 4-H youth will be having a lawn display contest promoting 4-H throughout the month of October.

Learn more about 4-H in Minnesota and how you can get involved at or contact Sarah Ukkelberg, Crow Wing County 4-H program coordinator, at 218-824-1069 or

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