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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.

    Special Events Day

    Demonstrations, Performing Arts and Fashion Review will be judged at the County Fair this year on Friday, August 10th.

    County Fair Work Day

    A work day at the County Fair is planned for Friday, July 13th at 10:00am.

    Horse Project Summer Clinics

    Calling all NSL 4-H Horse Riders in grades 3 and up! The NSL Youth Horse Planning group has been busy planning bi-weekly clinics to help riders improve skills in both pleasure and gaming classes.

    Horse Gaming Clinic

    Enrolled 4-H members grades 3+ can come and learn gaming techniques at this clinic with Bambi Egle and Tammy Hofsommer on July 21-22, 2018 at the Itasca County Fairgrounds. Camping is available at the fairgrounds and there is a $75 per horse/rider combination fee and a $20 returnable stall fee. RSVP now at https://goo.gl/jqULcr.

    Horse Play Day - Time to Register

    The NSL Youth Horse Planning Group have been hard at work planning the Horse Play Day 2018!

    County Fair Board Work Hours

    Each summer, the St. Louis County Fair Board has requested the assistance of 4-H families to volunteer before, during and after the Fair. 

    Fundraising at the Fair

    This year the Fundraising Committee has decided to sell ARCO coffee at the County Fair.

    Adult in Charge at the Fair

    Seeking adult volunteers to help in the 4-H building during the County Fair.

    Youth Horse Project Planning Meeting

    All youth in grades 6+ are invited to a Horse Project meeting on Tuesday, July 17 at 6:30pm-8:00pm at the Northland Office Building in Virginia.

    Stay up-to-date with NSL 4-H

    There is always a lot going on in north St. Louis County 4-H.

    Fair Entry is Live!

    It’s time to start registering your County Fair Projects in the Fair Entry System starting Monday, June 4 until Friday, July 27.

    County Fair!

    It is hard to believe that the school year is winding down and the “Five Best Days of Summer” are right around the corner! 

    County Ambassadors

    Our County Ambassador Team has done a great job at planning many fun and exciting activities for the County this upcoming year.

    Animal Stalls

    Don’t forget to reserve your animal stalls for the 2018 County Fair.

    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.

    Summer 4-H Dog Training

    4-H Dog Training is a great opportunity to train your dog in obedience, showmanship, or agility.

    Heart and Hooves Clinic

    The Heart and Hooves Clinics focus on strengthening the partnership between horse and enrolled 4-H riders grades 6+ using groundwork, obstacle course work and riding basics. These clinics offer an amazing opportunity for equestrian and equine to advance their skill level, no matter their previous experience. Clinics I & II will take place June 23-25 and Clinic III will be September 15 & 16 at the Heart and Hooves Horsemanship Arena and Obstacle Course in Deer River, MN. The $400 fee for Clinics I & II and $250 for Clinic II includes meals and camping onsite is available.

    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.

    Project Bowl State

    This year north St. Louis County had 4 teams participate in State Project Bowl. They represented the county well.

    Federation Meeting

    Our next Federation meeting will be Monday, May 21st at 6:30 p.m.

    Animal ID Forms Due May 15

    All 4-H members intending to exhibit beef, dairy, dog, goat, horse, lama, rabbit, sheep, swine, (Except market beef and market dairy which were due Feb. 15) in our county fair 4-H classes or any 4-H event, will need to complete the 4-H animal ID paperwork.

    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.

    BLU Recap

    We enjoyed BLU this year for many reasons.

    2018 4-H Rube Goldberg Challenge

    Learn critical thinking, creativity, innovation and problem solving in a non-traditional learning event and have fun at the same time!

    Central Area 4-H Horse Camp

    June 7-10, 2018 - Camp Shamineau near Motley Youth in grades 3+ and their families are invited. 4-H Cloverbuds are not eligible to participate.

    Laurance Kleven Memorial Scholarship

    The St. Louis County Agricultural Fair Association (SLCAFA) is a non-profit organization, and is comprised of individuals living in North St. Louis County who are involved in agriculture.

    Facebook

    Did you know that North St Louis Co (NSL) 4-H has a Facebook page?

    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.

    Project Bowl (Dog) - Virginia, MN

    Patterned after the golden-oldie television show "College Bowl", it challenges teams of 3-6 youth on their knowledge of the 4-H dog project area.

    Winter Cancellation Policy for 4-H Events

    Keep the winter cancellation policy in mind as you get ready for 4-H winter fun.

    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.

    Animal ID - Market Beef and Dairy Steers

    Market Beef and Market Dairy ID's are due online by February 15.

    Volunteer Spotlight

    Meet Nancy L. a Volunteer with the Merry Weather Workers 4-H Club. Recently she shared her experience as a volunteer with the North St. Louis County 4-H Program.

    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.

    BLU - Building Leadership and Understanding

    BLU Registration now open. BLU is open to all youth of 4-H eligibility in 6th grade and above.

    Winter Round Up

    Winter Roundup is an exciting three day, two night conference focused on adult and youth horse project leadership and activities in the 4-H Horse Project.

    Animal ID-Ear Tags

    It is time to place the annual Ear Tag order.

    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.

    Youth Spotlight

    Meet Mikayla S. a member of the Bay Tree Field 4-H Club.

    4-H Science of Agriculture

    As we enter fall we also begin the journey into a new 4-H programming year. I wanted to share with you an opportunity for Minnesota 4-H youth who are in 6th grade and above.

    State Dog Show

    Meet Chance W. a member of the Ely KnightHawks. Recently he shared his experience at the State Dog Show:

    Members - It's Time to Re-enroll!

    Enrollment for the 2017-2018 year has begun. Before you can participate in any 4-H meetings or events you need to be enrolled in 4-H online.

    2017 Fall Volunteer Training

    2017 Fall Volunteer Training: Expanding Our Roots - Growing New Opportunities Monday, October 30, 2017 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Northland Office Center, Room 3F

    Volunteer Re-enrollment and Safety of Minors

    New for 2017-2018: • Volunteers only need to re-enroll once every 3 years. • Safety of Minors training will be part of volunteer re-enrollment.

    Youth Spotlight

    Meet Molly J. a member of the Cherry Clinton 4-H Club and part of the North St. Louis County Ambassadors. Recently she shared her experience in 4-H.

    Volunteer Spotlight

    Meet Seija Packila Wavrin a Volunteer with the Ely Knighthawks 4-H Club. Recently she shared her experience as a volunteer with the North St. Louis County 4-H Program.

    Project Fun Day Recap!

    On Saturday, May 13th, the North St. Louis County ambassadors hosted a project fun day for grades K-5 in Mountain Iron, Minnesota.

    Horse Project Mini Clinics

    Calling all NSL 4-H Horse Riders! To help you prepare for the NSL County Horse Show, monthly mini clinics will be offered.

    Summer 4-H Dog Training

    4-H Dog Training is a great opportunity to train your dog in obedience, showmanship, or agility.

    County Photos Online

    Want to see what 4-H has been up to in North St Louis County? We now have a Smug Mug site!!!

    Sign up NOW for 2017 4-H Rube Goldberg Challenge!

    Sign up now for 2017 4-H Rube Goldberg Challenge!

    Heart and Hooves Horse Clinic

    Itasca County 4-H has invited you to join them for the annual 4-H Horse Project Heart and Hooves Clinic.

    College Bound 4-H'ers: Apply for Scholarships Now

    Looking to attend college in the fall or know someone who is? You are encouraged to apply for Minnesota 4-H Foundation scholarships. We award more than $20,000 annually, and only 4-H members are eligible.

    Market Beef and Market Dairy ID's

    Market Beef and Market Dairy ID's are due online by February 15.

    Agricultural Communication & Marketing at the U of M

    The University of Minnesota in the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resources Sciences is offering a new major in Agricultural Communication and Marketing.

    Regional Project Bowl Competition

    Patterned after the golden-oldie television show "College Bowl", it challenges teams of 3-6 youth on their knowledge of 4-H project areas: Dairy, Dog, General Livestock, Horse, Lama, Poultry, Rabbit, Wildlife.

    Online Re-enrollment is Open!

    Members and volunteers - please begin to re-enroll online.

    Youth Program Quality Assessment (YPQA)

    As a youth development organization we are always looking for ways to improve ourselves and our clubs. One great way of doing that is through quality observation of clubs.

    4-H Science of Agriculture

    The Minnesota 4-H Science of Agriculture Challenge is entering its third year and registration for individuals who wish to participate is now open. Individuals must be in 6th grade or higher.
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