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    Message from Dorothy: Be fearlessly committed to growing more true leaders

    In her last article as Minnesota 4-H state leader, Dorothy Freeman encourages all youth, volunteers and families to be fearless in growing true leaders.

    Nominate a 4-H volunteer for Salute to Excellence

    Volunteers give much to the Minnesota 4-H program! Consider nominating an outstanding volunteer for a 2019 4-H Salute to Excellence Award. All nomination materials are due by Sept. 15, 2018.

    Plan to attend annual volunteer training this fall

    Powerful things happen for youth when they’re in a positive relationship with caring adults. The 2018 annual volunteer training, “4-H Grows Relationships,” will ready youth and adult volunteers to connect to young people in meaningful ways. Watch for dates and locations across the state this fall and plan to bring a team of youth and adult volunteers.

    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!

    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!

    These scholarships are 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.

    What are you doing this summer? 2018 Project Tour & More

    Nobles County 4-H has several opportunities for exploratory learning for youth ranging in age from Kindergarten-6th Grade! Come check out our 5 summer programs happening in July, all of which happen in varying areas of Nobles County!

    2018 Nobles County Fair detailed schedule

    Are you ready for the Nobles County Fair?! Here's a schedule for you which has ALL OF THE DETAILS you may need! This Schedule includes Performance Day, Pre-Fair Clean Up, Livestock Pen/Gate set up, Stall Card Hanging, Office moving to the Fair, Dog Show & Set Up, show schedules, ID & Weigh In times, and awesome fairboard planned activities. Please note the fair is a week prior to it usually take place. This year, we have also altered our Livestock Show Schedules- TAKE NOTE!

    County Fair help sign up

    Hey Ambassadors & youth leaders! Can you help out at the fair?! Check out the new process of how to sign up by clicking the article title!

    Pre & Post-Fair clean up shifts

    Clubs! Please don't forget your designated Pre-Fair and Post Fair Clean Up Shifts! Pre-Fair Clean Up Shifts take place on Saturday, July 21st and Monday, July 23rd. Post Fair Clean Up takes place Sunday, August 5th! We will need all hands on deck to make these days go smoothly! Click the article title to read what shift your club is scheduled for.

    Pre-Fair Livestock Set Up

    Alright Livestock Families, we need your help with pen/gate set up! Each Livestock Committee has set up their own time to set up pens/gates and need all the bodies and muscle that we can get! Check out the times in which have been set by each committee!

    Remember your foodstand shifts!

    Did you know, that the 4-H Foodstand is our largest fundraiser of the year?! Don't forget to sign up for your foodstand shift today!

    Performance Day takes place July 20th, "Nobles County 4-H in Full Bloom!"

    The 2018 Performance Day Judging and Public Show takes place Friday, July 20th at the Minnesota West Fine Arts Building! Performance Day Judging includes the following Project Areas: Clothes you Make, Clothes You Buy, Fashion Review, Performing Arts, & Public Presentations Click the article title to learn more about specifics dealing with this judging period and public show!

    Did you sign up for a Livestock Interview?

    Read this article to find out some tips and potentiall questions when participating in the 4-H Livestock Interview Program! Livestock Interviews take place Tuesday, July 31st from 9 AM-11 AM in Olson Arena.

    Foodstand punch cards for sale July 16th!

    Do you find yourself always giving your children money for food at the foodstand?! Here's an easy way to feed your family throughout the day, buy a 4-H Foodstand Punch Cards! Learn more about 4-H Foodstand Punch Cards by clicking the article title!

    Reminder: What is your current LQA&E status?

    You don't want to forget to have a current LQA&E status! LQA&E stands for Livestock Quality Assurance & Ethics, and this is a training for youth who show livestock. ALL youth who plan to attend the Minnestoa State Fair must have a current LQA&E Status in 4-H online. In Nobles County, youth who show Swine also must have a current LQA&E status to adhere to the PQA rules. Click article title for more details!

    2018 Ribbon Sale Update

    Are you thinking about participating in the Ribbon Sale at the 2018 Nobles County Fair? This year, the Ribbon Sale will take place on Friday, August 3rd at 6:00 P.M. Click the article title to find out some updates and education that you might want to hear about before the fair arrives!

    State Fair chaperones are needed!

    The Minnesota State Fair is just around the corner! We are in need of SCREENED 4-H Volunteers to help keep our youth safe while away from home! Click the article title to find out more information!

    Hotel Rooms blocked off for Livestock Encampment at Minnesota State Fair

    This year, there are two options with rooms blocked off for Nobles County 4-H while attending the Minnesota State Fair during the Livestock Encampment August 22nd-26th, 2018. Click article title for the details!

    2018-2019 Federation Officer Team & Advisory Board open seats

    Are you interested in gaining new leadership skills? Consider running for a Federation Officer Position! Adults- are you interested in being more involved within the County? Perfect! We have options for you too! Click article title for more information regarding these upcoming Leadership Opportunities

    Mark your Calendars!

    Here is a complete list events, meetings, deadlines, etc. for the month of July & August! Please note the additions to the calendar!

    Message from Dorothy: 4-H and agriculture: Preparing youth for a lifetime of impact

    Associate dean and state 4-H director Dorothy Freeman encourages youth and the adults who support them to explore an agrisciece project this year. It's a great way to build skills, connect with mentors and find real solutions to challenges in your community!

    Extension Development and Minnesota 4-H award eight scholarships

    Congratulations to the 2018 Minnesota 4-H scholarship recipients! These eight outstanding 4-H youth and alumni from across Minnesota stood out among over 100 individuals who submitted applications.

    SW MN Dog Project Practices

    SW MN Dog Project Practices will kick off on Thursday, May 31st. These trainings will continue every Thursday during the summer starting at 6:00 p.m. at the Nobles County Fairgrounds.

    2018 MN State Fair Livestock hotel information

    2018 MN State Fair Livestock Hotel Information This year, we have two hotel options. First come, first serve

    Minnesota State Fair Dates & Chaperones

    Livestock Encampment: August 22 (entry day)-26th ----State Fair Livestock Encampment** Chaperones NEEDED & REQUIRED. If you’d like to Chaperone, please let Katie know. General Encampment for Nobles County: August: 26th-28th -------- Nobles County State Fair General Project Encampment** Chaperones NEEDED & REQUIRED. If you’d like to Chaperone, please let Katie know.

    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.

    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!

    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.

    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!"

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.
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