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    Message from Jennifer: In 4-H, all youth are welcome to learn and grow

    Minnesota 4-H state director Jennifer Skuza reflects on our commitment to the safety and engagement of all youth in our state.

    Daniele Holmes honored as Minnesota 4-H Volunteer of the Year

    Danielle Holmes of Moorhead has received the 2019 Minnesota 4-H Salute to Excellence Volunteer of the Year Award. The award is given to an individual who has volunteered for 4-H less than ten years and selected from nominees across the state.

    Congratulate Outstanding Lifetime Volunteers from Mower County

    Bob and Laurie Balgeman of Mower County have been chosen as Minnesota’s 4-H Salute to Excellence Outstanding Lifetime Volunteers. The award recognizes volunteers who have spent ten or more years as a 4-H volunteer. They were chosen by a panel of judges from an outstanding list of nominees.

    Keep youth safe during project bowl season

    Project bowl season is underway and before a team practices, a couple of items must be in place to provide a safe and supportive environment for youth and adults. These user guides for club leaders and project leaders will help you verify volunteer and youth enrollment.

    Keep youth safe - participating in winter activities

    Winter activities and outings require planning ahead to avoid risk. Ensure 4-H members and volunteers stay safe by following the “keeping youth safe” guidelines and policies.

    Interested in coaching a 4-H Project Bowl team?

    Volunteers are invited to participate in a project bowl coaches training. Join us on a webinar on Tuesday, Jan. 8 from 7 - 8:15 p.m. and learn how to work with a bowl team!

    Join us for the first annual Livestock PDC Networking Workshop!

    Livestock volunteers and youth leaders from across the state are invited to this networking event aimed at enhancing cross-county networks, sharing strategies, improving programming and building relationships. Please join us at the Oliver Kelley Farm in Elk River on Jan. 26. Register by Jan. 18.

    Register now for a regional youth leadership workshop, BLU!

    Registration is now open for the 2019 Building Leadership & Understanding (BLU) regional leadership workshops. BLU is open to youth in grades six and up. Five BLUs will be held at locations across the state – registration deadlines vary by location. Meet youth from across the region and build leadership skills at this event!

    Sign-up for the 2019 Science of Agriculture Challenge!

    Registration for the 2019 Science of Agriculture Challenge is now open! Youth in grades 6 - 12 should register by Friday, Feb. 1. The Science of Agriculture Challenge is a great way to develop communication and problem solving skills and explore careers related to agriculture.

    Engage Cloverbuds in hands-on science with this new curriculum

    Be a 4-H Scientist! is a new curriculum for adults to engage Cloverbuds in hands-on science exploration. It is available via a free download at www.4hpolymers.org. Volunteer training will be offered around the state in 2019.

    Message from Jennifer: Together, we can ensure Minnesota youth thrive.

    Minnesota 4-H state director Jennifer Skuza challenges 4-H adults to help youth pursue a thriving life –filled with happiness, success and connection.

    4-H clubs: Apply for an AMC 4-H Community Leadership Award

    The Association for Minnesota Counties (AMC) has released the award application for the 2019 AMC 4-H Community Leadership Awards. These awards recognize community leadership projects by a Minnesota 4-H club during the past year. Two 4-H club projects will be selected to receive awards of $500 in recognition for their contributions and service to their communities. Find out if your club meets the award criteria and apply by Jan. 3!

    Complete your 2018-2019 4-H enrollment

    4-H enrollment ensures that 4-H families receive critical 4-H communications - it is required for 4-H participation and is easy to do. Has your family enrolled yet? If not, please take a few minutes to enroll and/or update your family's information.

    Check out Minnesota 4-H branded items for sale!

    It’s that time of year again - the Clovermart Winter Sale is here! Order Minnesota 4-H branded merchandise by Dec. 14.

    Are you looking for work experience in the youth development field?

    County-based 4-H youth development summer intern positions will soon be available throughout the state of Minnesota. Candidates must have a high school diploma, and at least two years of undergraduate study is preferred. Submit your application by Jan. 4, 2019.

    Sign up now for a national 4-H trip!

    Minnesota youth in grades 9-13 are invited to sign up for Citizenship Washington Focus, a national 4-H civic engagement trip for high school youth. The 2019 conference will be held June 22-29 at the National 4-H Conference Center - this is a great opportunity to gain leadership skills and visit Washington, DC! Registration will close on Dec. 10.

    Participate in 2019 Project Bowls

    2019 Project Bowl information is now available! Coaches and 4-H'ers (grades 3 - 12+) interested in learning more about the 4-H Project Bowl program should check out the website for dates, locations, rules, references and more! Get ready to learn more about your dairy, general livestock, horse, lama, poultry, rabbit and wildlife projects!

    It's Time to Re-enroll!

    Enrollment for the 2018-2019 year has begun. Before you can participate at any 4-H club meetings or special events you need to be enrolled at https://mn.4honline.com

    Save the Robotics Tournament date!

    Save Saturday, December 8 for the High Tech Kids' Regional Robotics Tournament in Northome!

    Littlefork Lumberjacks 4-H Club

    Calling all Lumberjacks! It's time to get registered for the Littlefork Lumberjacks 4-H Club. Just bring yourself and be ready to have a great time! All youth grades K-12th are welcome.

    4-H enrollment - it's that time again!

    4-H enrollment is required for 4-H participation and is easy to do. Has your family enrolled yet? If not, please take a few minutes to enroll and/or update your family's information.

    Invigorate your club meetings

    Adult and teen leaders - are you looking for new activities to kick off your club meetings? Check out this new resource on our website to engage your members in problem solving activities! These activities will not only build teamwork and problem solving skills, but will energize your members, setting the stage for productive meetings!

    Plan now for winter weather cancellations

    Plan ahead for winter weather cancellations of 4-H programs, activities and outings. Proper plan communication will help to ensure the safety of 4-H members and Minnesota 4-H volunteers during the winter months.

    Utilize the sales tax exemption for purchases appropriately

    Minnesota 4-H is an approved nonprofit organization. This provides 4-H exemption on paying Minnesota sales tax on most purchases. Purchases MUST be paid for directly by a 4-H organization check in order to utilize the sales tax exemption.

    Follow the 4-H policy when generating funds

    Fall is a great time to plan for fundraising activities for 4-H programs to generate dollars to use throughout the year. Utilize the information sheets linked in this article and work with your 4-H program coordinator when you have questions or are seeking advice about carrying out local fundraising efforts.

    Create a 4-H video to win a $50 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 Dec. 15 for a chance to win a $50 Visa gift card!

    Business Meeting & Volunteer Training

    The Koochiching County 4-H Leader Council has a Business Meeting & Volunteer Training starting at 2-pm on OCT 7 at the Northome Public School. This meeting is open all 4-H youth, their parents, and volunteers in the Koochiching County 4-H clubs and Afterschool Programs.

    4-H Cloverbuds Club - Exploring Autumn

    Youth in grades Kindergarten to 3rd grade are invited to join the 4-H Cloverbuds Club, as we explore icons of the Autumn Season.

    4-H FLL Robotics teams are launching INTO ORBIT!

    Ready! Set! LEGO!  4-H Robotics teams are about to launch in International Falls and Northome. If you are excited about technology, interested in science, and love working with LEGOs, we have an opportunity for you...

    Northome 4-H Afterschool - FLL Robotics

    The Northome 4-H Afterschool program is launching into another season of First LEGO League Robotics starting....

    Tech Tuesdays 4-H Club - FLL Robotics

    The Tech Tuesdays 4-H Club will be launching its Afterschool Program year by participating in the First Lego League robotics. Starting Tuesday Oct 2...

    Message from Jennifer: It’s a new season of doing in 4-H

    Interim Minnesota 4-H state leader Jennifer Skuza celebrates all the ways youth and adults can take action in 4-H. As the new program year begins, set your intentions for a year full of doing.

    Plan and develop your club’s budget

    It’s time for 4-H clubs to develop their annual budgets. Budgets provide a written plan for raising and spending money to accomplish club goals. Sharing budget reports with your club throughout the year is a great way to help all 4-H members understand where and how funds are being used.

    Keep youth safe when participating in 4-H programs

    Now is the time of year to plan for risk and keeping youth safe as they participate in a variety of programs, activities and events. Use our online planning tool and risk management materials to ensure safe and healthy environments for youth and adults participating in 4-H programs and activities.

    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. Dates and locations are planned across the state this fall. Be sure to bring a team of youth and adult volunteers.

    30 Days of Doing

    30 Days of Doing is a chance for kids across the nation to do with purpose through hands-on learning. Through activities in agriculture, STEM, community service, healthy living and more, 30 Days of Doing will help kids gain the skills they need to be successful in life—and have fun along the way. Download the "Inspire to Do" list available NOW for fun, skill-building ideas at 4-H.org/InspireKidstoDo.

    County Fair Grand Champions and Champion Reserves

    This article summarizes the Grand Champions and Champion Reserves of the 2018 Koochiching County Fair. As well as listing those who will be advancing to the Minnesota State Fair and State Horse Show.

    Message from Jennifer: It is my honor to serve

    Interim 4-H State Leader Jennifer A. Skuza reflects on her long history with 4-H and University of Minnesota Extension. She invites 4-H youth, families and volunteers to connect with her at the Minnesota State Fair.

    Learn about changes to Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF)

    Registration for Citizenship Washington Focus, a week-long trip to Washington, DC, will open in fall 2018 for the summer 2019 experience. Youth gain civic engagement skills while touring DC with youth from across the US! Complete a short survey to receive a reminder email when registration material is posted.

    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.

    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!

    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.

    Koochiching County 4-H Fair

    Looking for information, downloads, and events for the 2018 Koochiching County 4-H Fair. This article is a continuing location source for everything Fair 2018!

    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.

    Koochiching County 4-H fair registration now open!

    The 2018 Koochiching County 4-H Fair Registration at https://koochiching.fairentry.com is now open and will close on Friday June 29.

    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.

    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.

    Start thinking about County Fair!

    As the 4-H Afterschool programming draws to end, now is the time to start thinking about how you would like to participate at the County Fair this summer. Here are some steps to simplify the process…

    Horse Project Bowl Team place Second at State!

    More than 600 young people from across Minnesota gathered in Sauk Rapids on April 7 for University of Minnesota Extension's 4-H State Project Bowl. Koochiching County 4-H's Horse Project Bowl Team, the Mustangs, finished as the Reserve Champions for the Junior Horse Bowl division.

    Register now for 4-H YELLO!

    Don't forget to get registered now! Registration for the 4-H Youth Exploring Leadership & Learning Out loud! (YELLO!) conference on June 12-15, 2018, in the 4-H Building on the Minnesota State Fairgrounds in St. Paul will be closing on May 7. YELLO! is an annual statewide, four-day leadership conference with group discussions, workshops, service opportunities, challenging speakers and hands-on activities designed for youth...

    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!"

    Remember the State Animal ID deadline is May 15.

    All breeding beef, dairy, dog, dairy goats, meat goats, horse, lama, poultry, rabbit, sheep and swine animal projects need to be identified by May 15.

    Congratulations 4-H Horse Project Bowl Team!

    Koochiching County 4-H's Horse Project Bowl Team, the Mustangs, were the Reserve Champions at Regional 4-H Project Bowl in Deer River on March 17. The team will be advancing to the State 4-H Project Bowl on April 7 in Sauk Rapids.

    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.

    4-H Youth attend "4-H on Ice" - Winter Fishing Event

    The youth leaders of the Northern Lights 4-H Club hosted a "4-H on Ice - Winter Fishing" event in Northome on Sunday, March 4. Details and photos from the day can be found here.

    Youth Leaders attended BLU Retreat

    4-H youth leaders from Koochiching county attended the Northeast "Building Leadership and Understanding" Retreat at Long Lake Conversation Center in Palisade. The youth engaged in small group discussions, educational workshops, and large group activities to meet other youth from throughout the region. Check out our photo album here...

    Exploring First Lego League Jr

    Koochiching County 4-H is piloting First Lego League Jr programming for youth in grades K to 3rd in Northome in Feb-Mar and in International Falls in April-May! It’s never too early to discover STEM.

    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!

    Thursday Threads 4-H Club - String Arts

    Youth of the International Falls area in grades 3rd to 8th are invited to join us after school as we discover a whole new world of string art. The Thursday Threads 4-H Club will meet Thursdays (Mach 1 - April 8) in Room 205 of the Backus Community Center. Information on how to register, can be found here...

    4-H on Ice - Winter Fishing Event

    The Northern Lights 4-H Club is hosting a 4-H Winter Fishing Event on Sunday, March 4 from 1 to 3:30 at the Island Lake Landing. This event is open to all Koochiching County 4-H families. Pre-registration is requested to ensure that we have enough supplies for participants.

    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.

    Can you Engineer It?

    Float it? Jump it? Drop it? Rock-et? Launch it? Build it? Youth in grades 3rd through 8th grade are invited to join the Koochiching County 4-H Afterschool session happening at school locations in Indus, Littlefork, International Falls, and Northome. Location specific registration details are available here...

    Northome 4-H Afterschool - Engineer it!

    Youth of the Northome Public School in grades 3rd to 8th are invited to join us in the Commons on Thursdays (Jan 18 - Feb 22) after school as we plan, build, test and modify our original engineering designs!

    Indus 4-H Afterschool - Engineer it!

    Youth of the Indus Public Schools in grades 3rd to 8th are invited to join us after school as we plan, build, test and modify our original engineering designs! The Indus Eagles 4-H Afterschool will meet Mondays (Jan 29 to Mar 12), in the Commons of the Indus Public School. Information on how to register, can be found here...

    Tech Tuesdays 4-H Club - Engineer it!

    Youth of the International Falls area in grades 3rd to 8th are invited to join us after school as we plan, build, test and modify our original engineering designs! The Tech Tuesdays 4-H Club will meet Tuesdays (Jan 23 - Feb 27) in Room 205 of the Backus Community Center. Information on how to register, can be found here...

    Find out more about the Science of Agriculture Challenge

    What is the Science of Agriculture Challenge? All youth in grades 6-12 are invited to come find out. By attending the January club meetings of the State Top Stars 4-H Club in International Falls or the Northern Lights 4-H Club in Northome. Meeting dates are listed here...

    Winter Roundup: a 4-H Horse Conference

    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. This year's conference is scheduled for January 19-21 at the Long Lake Conservation Center, Palisade. The early registration discount ends soon, so giddy up!

    Ringing in the Giving Season

    Area 4-H Families are invited to take a turn ringing the Salvation Army Bell on Thursday, December 21 at the Kmart Store. Families may select one half hour shift (or more) between 4 and 7:30pm. The link to sign up form can be found here.

    Project Bowl season is about to begin

    Project Bowl season is right around the corner! Youth in Grades 3-8 are invited to join one of Koochiching County 4-H's Project Bowl teams. Patterned after the golden-oldie television show "College Bowl", it challenges teams of 3-6 youth on their knowledge of 4-H Horse or Rabbit project areas.

    Join our 4-H Rabbit Project Bowl team

    Youth in grades 3rd to 8th are invited to join the 2018 Rabbit Project Bowl Team. Whether you are new to the 4-H Rabbit Project or know a lot about horses, come and learn more!

    Join our 4-H Horse Project Bowl team

    Youth in grades 3rd to 8th are invited to join the 2018 Horse Project Bowl Team. Whether you are new to the 4-H Horse Project or know a lot about horses, come and learn more!

    Results of the 2017-2018 FLL Robotics Season

    The youth members of Koochiching County 4-H were top Stars the High Tech Kids’ Regional FLL Robotics Tournament in Northome on Saturday Dec 2!

    Team 36443 - Dynamite Girls

    Results of the High Tech Kids' Regional FLL Robotics Tournament in Northome on Dec 2, 2017

    Team 29054 - Lightening Bolts

    Results of the High Tech Kids' Regional FLL Robotics Tournament in Northome on Dec 10, 2016

    Team 2820 - 5 Musketeers

    Results of the High Tech Kids' Regional FLL Robotics Tournament in Northome on Dec 2, 2017

    Team 2819 - I Like Turtles

    Results of the High Tech Kids' Regional FLL Robotics Tournament in Northome on Dec 2, 2017

    Team 2818 - Grizzly Bots

    Results of the High Tech Kids' Regional FLL Robotics Tournament in Northome on Dec 2, 2017

    Team 2817 - Water Wolves

    Results of the High Tech Kids' Regional FLL Robotics Tournament in Northome on Dec 2, 2017

    Team 2816 - Rogue Squad

    Results of the High Tech Kids' Regional FLL Robotics Tournament in Northome on Dec 2, 2017

    4-H Cloverbuds Club explore Farm Life

    The 4-H Cloverbud Club concluded their fall session of Exploring Farm Life with a field trip to the Reller Family Farm. Check out our photo album...

    4-H Youth attend "Get Hooked on 4-H" - Fishing Event

    The youth leaders of the Northern Lights 4-H Club hosted a Get Hooked on 4-H - Fishing event in Northome on Sunday, June 10. Details and photos from the day can be found here.

    4-H Rocks - a geological discovery

    The State Top Stars 4-H Club is starting the new 4-H Club year off by hosting "4-H Rocks!" an evening of geological discovery on Monday, Oct 16 in Room 203 of the Backus Community Center from 6-pm to 7:30-pm.

    Get Hooked on 4-H - Fishing Event

    The Northern Lights 4-H Club is starting the new 4-H Club year off by hosting a Hooked on 4-H Fishing event on Sunday, October 15 at the Northome School from 1 to 3:30 and followed by family fishing off the Dora Lake Bridge.

    4-H Cloverbuds Club - Exploring Farm Life

    Youth in grades Kindergarten to 2nd grade are invited to join the 4-H Cloverbuds Club, as we explore life on the farm.

    Looking for a 4-H Club in Koochiching County

    4-H Clubs and Afterschool Programs are gearing up across Koochiching County. See what is available near you!
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