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Message from MariJo......

Good morning and Happy New Year to all of our 4-H Families,

The New Year has started and I am back at my desk making my To Do list.  WOW! We have a ton of things coming up and I don't want you to miss out. So please check out the list of upcoming events and see the attached flyers.

  • Jan. 10th - BLU Registrations are due - This is for 6th Grade and up.  You may register on 4honline, but you also need to fill out an extra health waiver for the camp they stay at.  (Flyer and Waiver attached)
  • Jan. 12th - Ambassador Meeting 6:30 -9ish.  This will be a potluck.  Please bring something to share with a group of about 25 people.  (Hopefully, some of you will bring main dishes).  We will supply the drink, and plates and silverware.
  • Jan. 18th - FIZZ POP SLIME night - The Park Rapids Community Ed is sponsoring this event for K-2 students.  4-H will have a booth at this event.  Allie, Marley, Mallory, Holly, and Alyssa are signed up to help.  If anyone else wants to help, let me know.  If you have kids in grades k-2, consider going to this free event.  This event will take place at the Century School from 6-7:30.
  • Jan. 23rd - Camp Counselor Applications Due.  If any Ambassadors in grades 9 and up did not receive one, please contact me.
  • Jan. 25th - Join us for a BEE KEEPING Class.  Sally Shearer will present a very interesting and interactive class for all ages about BEES.  Many fruits and vegetables and even foods like chocolate and coffee, need animal pollinators.  About 75% of all plants depend on animal pollinators to move pollen from plant to plant.  Honey Bees are among the most important pollinators, helping farmers to grow a variety of crops from almonds to apples to alfalfa.  We will meet at 6:00 at the Extension Office.  This might lead your child to a fair project.  Why not get a jump start on these projects.  (Flyer is attached).  You must be registered by Jan. 19th.  A minimum of 8 youth must attend to have this class.
  • Jan. 29th - Leader Council, Meets at the Extension Office at 6:30 p.m.
  • Jan. 30th - TUBING at Detroit Mountain.  Due to bad weather our tubing event was cancelled.  BUT WAIT - WE HAVE RESCHEDULED.  You will need to let me know if you are planning on going by Jan 19th.  If you paid and signed a waiver for the first planned event, simply call or email me and let me know you still plan on attending.  If you were not able to attend this event at the first scheduled date, but you can attend this one, please drop off a registration form, signed waiver and $10 by the 19th.  Parents - I will need drivers for this event.  Please let me know if you are able (MUST BE A SCREENED VOLUNTEER) Flyer and Waiver is attached.
  • Feb. 1st  - Fruit sales begin.  You have the month of February to sell fruit.  Each family must sell a minimum of 100 pounds to be eligible for receiving scholarships.  You will be receiving a fruit sale packet in the mail.
  • Feb. 15th -Market Beef and Dairy Steers must be ID'd by this date.  If you do NOT receive animal ID info in the mail and you need to ID your beef or dairy steers, please contact the office.
  • Feb. 24th - Officer Training.  9-noon.  This is open to any of our youth who are officers of a club, leader council or committees.  It is also available for youth who hope to be officers of their club or those who just want to learn new skills around being an officer.  (6th grade and up - call if you have a youth that is an officer of a club that is under 6th grade)  A minimum of 12 youth must register for this class to happen.  PARENTS ARE ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND WITH THE YOUTH.  More information to follow.  MUST REGISTER BY FEB. 9th.

Other up-coming project classes - We have MANY project classes arranged throughout the winter months.  Please see the attached flyer that lists all the classes and dates.  More information will be sent out about each classes as the dates get closer.
Any questions - please email or call me.  Thanks much.



Mari Jo Lohmeier
County 4-H Program Coordinator
(218) 732-3391
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