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Pine County 4-H’ers kick off the 2017 Holiday Season by heading to Duluth

25 Kanabec and Pine County 4-H youth and adults spent Saturday, December 2 exploring Knife River and Duluth, Minnesota, participating in holiday activities throughout the day.  4-H’ers gained essential skills needed to succeed in life, such as, independence,decision making, communication and genoristy.

To begin the day, youth spent a few hours attending the Julebyen Christmas Village in Knife River.  Youth experienced the community’s unique festival by learning about heritage crafts, tasting Scandinavian food, fat-tire biking, racing herring and boarding the “troll train” to learn about how trolls came to the United States from Norway.  Demonstrations on sled-dog racing were also given, which is very popular in northern Minnesota.  This one of a kind experience gave youth an idea of Minnesota’s heritage along with folklore common to this area.

After heading back to Duluth, 4-Her’s strolled through Canal Park to learn about Minnesota’s shipping history.  Youth spent time exploring the maritime museum, watching barges come in and learning about the items being shipped throughout the Great Lakes and the world.  The 4-Her’s also got to shop in the many different stores that Canal Park offers, finding presents for family members and friends.  We watched candy apples being made, sparking interest for future foods and nutrition project areas. 

We then walked over to Bentleyville as a fun way to end our activities for the day.  The weather was warm, which made this a very popular destination on a Saturday night.  While walking through the displays, we discussed 4-Her’s future plans of joining the military as this display hit home for many of our kids who have family members that are currently serving or have served in the past.  After heading to dinner at a local restaurant, 4-Her’s returned home full of smiles, ideas and memories of a great day. 


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