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  • Message from Dorothy: 4-H is all about animals, right?

    Many people say that 4-H is all about animals. Is that true? Read why Associate dean and state 4-H director Dorothy Freeman is glad there's a strong connection between animals and Minnesota 4-H.
  • Watch out for hoaxes, scams and phishing attempts

    A Minnesota 4-H adult volunteer recently received a phishing email containing club specific information – learn how to spot phishing attempts and follow up appropriately.
  • Remember livestock demonstration opportunities

    Again in 2018 the Minnesota Livestock Breeders Association will be providing $30 cash awards to all 4-H members who complete a livestock demonstration during 4-H livestock weekend at the Minnesota State Fair. Start planning your livestock demonstration today!
  • Learn about scholarships available for college-bound 4-H youth

    Two scholarships are being offered for Minnesota 4-H youth pursuing post-secondary studies at accredited colleges and universities. Over $58,000 is awarded annually through a competitive application process.
  • Congratulations to the 2018 Helping Hands Grants Recipients!

    Extension Development and Minnesota 4-H are happy to announce the 2018 Helping Hands Grant recipients. Of the 26 applications we received, 18 projects totaling $22,000 were awarded to 4-H clubs from 20 counties across the state.
  • 2018 State Arts-In registration is now open!

    All youth currently in grade nine - one year post high school are invited to participate in a 22 day theater arts/leadership/team building experience at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds. The 2018 Arts-In experience begins Aug. 9. Register by June 25.
  • Sign up for the new 2018 Engineering Design Challenge (formerly Rube Goldberg) state event

    Sign up for the 2018 Engineering Design Challenge! Youth across the state in grades three and up can participate in this fun, team focused STEM based challenge. The event will take place on Monday, Aug. 6 at St. Cloud State University. Sign your team up by June 8 to guarantee a spot at the event. All Level 1 and Level 2 teams are invited to attend!
  • Card games, board games, and hands-on learning...Oh my!

    Make sure your club explores these new zoonotic disease and agritourism resources being sent to every county across the state. Then enter your team into a video contest for a chance at winning a Glo-Germ lesson kit for your group - The winning team will have the chance to work with a professional videographer to re-produce their video as a commercial for national distribution!
  • Create a video and win a $50 Visa gift card!

    The First Generation Initiative team is excited to announce a video contest to highlight the great work being done by 4-H'ers to recruit and orient folks new to 4-H! Submit your video by July 1 for a chance to win a $50 Visa gift card and have your video showcased at the state fair!
  • Sign up for 2018 Minnesota 4-H Livestock Day Camps!

    Livestock Day Camp registration is now open for youth and adults - attend one of the camps being offered in six different Minnesota locations. All camps will take place in June. Register by June 8 to learn more about your beef, meat goat, swine or rabbit projects!
  • Attend Minnesota 4-H Livestock Judging Camp this summer!

    Livestock judging enthusiasts in grades 6-12 are invited to attend livestock judging camp June 18-20 at the University of Minnesota St. Paul campus. Register by June 8.
  • Apply for livestock and horse bonus trips!

    Volunteers and PDC’s – it’s time to get together to apply to receive bonus trips for the state fair and state horse show! The deadline for submission is June 1.
  • Gopher Dairy Camp returns in 2018!

    2018 Gopher Dairy Camp will be held June 10-12 at the University of Minnesota St. Paul campus. This camp is open to youth who have completed grades 6-9, but have not yet started 10th grade. Prior experience with dairy cattle is required.
  • Learn about new Livestock Quality Assurance training options for 4-H animal science members

    New in 2018 – 4-H animal science members can participate in one of two options for Livestock Quality Assurance certification training: 1) Livestock Quality Assurance and Ethics (LQA&E) training, or 2) Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA) training. All youth participating as state fair 4-H livestock exhibitors must complete Livestock Quality Assurance training requirements.
  • Great Goat Giveaway Winners!

    Find out who the recipients are of the Great Goat Giveaway!
  • Southwest Minnesota 4-H Camp will take place in June!

    Nobles County 4-H group is scheduled to attend 4-H camp from Wednesday, June 20th- Friday June 22nd. If this date doesn't work in your schedule, there is an option to attend the beginning half of the week (June 18th-June 20th) on special request. We are lucky enough to have SIX Camp Counselors representing Nobles County 4-H this year while at camp! WOW!
  • 2018 Nobles County 4-H Project Tour

    Ready to gear up for summer programs? This year, Nobles County 4-H is offerning a 4-H Project Tour! Check out what that all details by clicking on the article title!
  • It's Fair Season! Watch your Email & Mail!

    As fair season begins to approach faster and faster, check out the items that might be sent your way!
  • SWMN Regional 4-H Dog Project

    Do you have a dog at home? Are you interested in teaching it things like Obedience, Rally, Agility and learning how to properly show it?! Well you're in luck! The SWMN Regional 4-H Dog Project is open to any 4-Her 3rd grade and up who would like to participate in learning sessions which take place in Worthington, MN. Click the article title for more information!
  • Meet our 2018 Summer Intern!

    We are excited to announce our 2018 4-H Summer Intern this year, and better yet she is a Nobles County 4-H Alumni! Find out more by clicking the article title!
  • Meetings & Things - Add these to your calendar!

    Here are some upcoming events! Make sure you're in the know!
  • Message from Dorothy: Young people: Release your potential

    Associate dean and state 4-H director Dorothy Freeman invites young people to join her in pursuing bold and courageous dreams. Start with "yes, we can!"
  • Register for YELLO 2018 to join hundreds of youth for an unforgettable leadership event!

    Registration for YELLO 2018 is open! Register by May 7 to attend Youth Exploring Leadership and Learning Outloud (YELLO). The event will take place June 12-15 in the 4-H Building on the Minnesota State Fairgrounds. The event is open to students who have completed grade 6 - one year past high school and is an opportunity to learn more about 4-H while gaining leadership and civic engagement skills and exploring the Twin Cities community!
  • Don't forget about 2018 Share the Fun!

    This is an early reminder that state fair Share the Fun nominations and application forms will be available online June 1. Interested 4-H youth should start preparing to perform their acts! If your county has a Share the Fun competition at county fair, reserve a place on the rehearsal time schedule any time after June 1.
  • University on the Prairie

    Students in the region can have an adventure in science and career exploration at University on the Prairie, which will be held July 24-26 at the Southwest Research & Outreach Center near Lamberton.
  • SW MN 4-H Rabbit Fun Show

    4-H'ers of all ages are invited to the Rabbit Fun Show in Slayton on May 6.
  • Whoa, there's a horse clinic in June

    Get ready for the show ring or get help training your horse from one of the experts in horsemanship.
  • Explore Careers in Agriculture Rescheduled for Monday June 18th

    Explore Careers in Agricultur​​e Rescheduled for Monday, June 18 4-H youth in grades eight and up are invited to attend the third annual Explore Careers in Ag Day at Riverview LLP in Murdock. It’s time to discover the opportunities awaiting you in the world of agriculture!
  • Southwest Minnesota 4-H Camp will take place in June!

    Nobles County 4-H group is scheduled to attend 4-H camp from Wednesday, June 20th- Friday June 22nd. If this date doesn't work in your schedule, there is an option to attend the beginning half of the week (June 18th-June 20th) on special request. We are lucky enough to have SIX Camp Counselors representing Nobles County 4-H this year while at camp! WOW!
  • Message from Dorothy: When youth partner with adults, they become better leaders

    Meet Evan, a 4-H'er who's using his voice to impact youth across Minnesota. Associate dean and state 4-H director Dorothy Freeman reflects on the importance of youth getting to lead alongside caring adults.
  • Apply to be a 2018 - 2019 Minnesota 4-H State Ambassador!

    The 2018 - 2019 Minnesota 4-H State Ambassador team application process will open in mid-April. This is a fantastic leadership opportunity for youth currently in grades 10-12. Apply by May 20!

  • Raise your hand for 4-H in Minnesota

    Help us grow the next generation of true leaders—vote for Minnesota! The Raise Your Hand campaign is a nationwide call to action for alumni and friends to "Raise Your Hand" and empower our youth with the skills to lead for a lifetime. The campaign runs April 1 - May 15. Each hand raised is a vote towards a $20,000, $10,000 or $5,000 award for the three states with the most hands raised.
  • Save the date for Supersession: A 4-H Dog Project training workshop

    This year’s workshop will take place June 15-17 and is open to youth in third grade and up, families, trainers, potential trainers, and youth and adult leaders. Registration information will be online soon.
  • Learn about scholarships available for college-bound 4-H youth

    Several scholarships are being offered for Minnesota 4-H youth pursuing post-secondary studies at accredited colleges and universities. Over $20,000 is awarded annually through a competitive application process. Visit the 4-H scholarship website to learn more and apply.
  • Southwest Minnesota 4-H Camp will take place in June!

    Hey 4-He'rs Grades 3rd-6th, mark your calendars for the 2018 4-H Camp! Click Article Title for more information!
  • Message from Dorothy: Citizenship is all about service

    Associate dean and state 4-H director Dorothy Freeman talks about citizenship - 4-H is about growing local and global citizens. People who are skilled, competent and committed to lives of service.
  • Your 4-H learning can lead to national opportunities

    Over the past several months, multiple 4-H teams from across Minnesota have showcased their learning at a national level - find out how!
  • Mark your calendars for the 2018 AKSARBEN Stock Show!

    The AKSARBEN Stock Show will be held in Grand Island, Neb. Sept. 27-30, 2018. It's open to 4-H members from Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming. In it, 4-H youth exhibit livestock, compete in quiz bowl and judging, apply for scholarships and internships to work with the AKSARBEN Stock Show.
  • 2018 Helping Hands grant applications now open!

    Helping Hands grants helps fund worthy youth development programs or projects that young people seek to pursue in partnership with supportive adults and local businesses. Grant awards are between $200 and $2,000. Applications must be postmarked or emailed by March 1.
  • Extension Office Hours Change

    Please note, effective Monday, February 5th, the Nobles County Extension Office hours will be changing. The office will be staffed Monday – Thursday from 8:00 am – 4:00 pm and the office will be closed on Fridays.
  • 2018 Ambassador Calendar

    Here's the calendar that the Ambassador Group set for their meetings. Please put them on your calendar, click article title for the dates!
  • New Livestock Show Schedule for 2018 Fair

    Please take note of the NEW LIVESTOCK SHOW SCHEDULE for the 2018 Fair. This schedule was determined at the Livestock Committee meeting, brought to the Fairboard and Federation and was motioned to approve. Click Article for full details.
  • Message from Dorothy: Teenagers: Your self-confidence is key!

    Associate dean and state 4-H director Dorothy Freeman encourages young people to be bold and build their self-confidence.
  • Spend your summer in a youth development internship with 4-H

    Minnesota 4-H is now accepting applications for 2018 summer internships with 4-H programs in counties across the state. The application deadline is open until positions are filled with a preference for candidates who apply by Feb. 15.
  • Jerry Ludwig of Redwood County named Outstanding Lifetime Volunteer

    Jerry Ludwig has been chosen as Minnesota’s 4-H Salute to Excellence Outstanding Lifetime Volunteer.
  • Crissy Otting of Clearwater County honored as Volunteer of the Year

    Crissy Otting has received the Minnesota 4-H Salute to Excellence Volunteer of the Year Award.
  • What can I do in 4-H? Learning Workshops for ALL members & new families

    A series of learning sessions have been scheduled for families to learn more about what you can do in the 4-H Program! We highly recommend these session for new families, but anyone needing a refresher course is invited to join! Click article title for more information!
  • Message from Dorothy: Youth in 4-H make healthier choices

    Associate dean and state 4-H director Dorothy Freeman celebrates the connection between 4-H and healthy choices in young people. Two 4-H members' stories are featured and you're invited to share your own healthy living story.
  • Announcing the 2018 4-H Engineering Design Rube Goldberg Challenge for high school youth

    Starting in 2018 the 4-H Engineering Design Rube Goldberg Challenge will include high school youth in grades 9 to one year after high school. The 2018 challenge will be to “plant a seed and water the seed”.
  • Find college scholarships for engineering careers

    High school students pursuing engineering as a post-secondary option – check out this giant list of scholarships, curated by the American Society for Engineering Education.

  • Learn about the Science of Agriculture Challenge with this new video!

    The newest in the Discover Minnesota 4-H video series is ready just in time to start recruiting participants for the Minnesota 4-H Science of Agriculture Challenge.
  • Congratulations to the 2017-18 Minnesota 4-H State Ambassador team

    Through citizenship education and leadership activities, the Minnesota 4-H State Ambassadors contribute meaningfully to 4-H and to their communities. Welcome the 2017-18 Minnesota 4-H State Ambassador team.

  • Discover Minnesota 4-H!

    Check out the new Discover Minnesota 4-H video series on YouTube! This collection of short videos is designed to help new 4-H families better understand our program, and to recruit new members!
  • Congratulations scholarship recipients!

    The Minnesota 4-H Foundation is pleased to announce 2017 scholarship recipients. Find out which youth and alumni from across Minnesota received this special honor.
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