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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.

    COUNTY 4-H’ER HONORED BY KIWANIS SUNRISERS OF WINONA

    Parker Hawkinson was recognized as the Kiwanis Sunrisers of Winona 4-H Youth Representative for the month of November. He is the son of Matt and Lisa Hawkinson and a senior at Winona Senior High School. Parker is a member of the Winona River City 4-H Club and has served as the President, Vice President and Treasurer and is currently serving as the youth treasurer of the Winona County 4-H Federation

    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!

    Winona County 4-H Mid-month Newsletter for November 15, 2018

    Here's the November 15, 2018 edition of the mid-month newsletter to keep you informed of the current 4-H happenings.

    November Federation and Project Development Committee Meetings

    Join us November 19th at 6:30 P.M. for the start of our 2018-2019 Project Development Committee meetings and at 7:30 for a 4-H Federation Meeting. If you are interested in helping prepare for the county fair by selecting judges, planning educational events, prepare for the fair and assist with project duties and judging at the fair then this committee is for you!

    COUNTY 4-H’ER HONORED BY KIWANIS SUNRISERS OF WINONA

    Dan Sovell was recognized as the Kiwanis Sunrisers of Winona 4-H Youth Representative for the month of October. He is the son of Nick and Kathy Sovell and a recent graduate from Lewiston Altura High School. He is a member of the Echo Ridge Pioneers 4-H Club and has served as the club treasurer.

    SE Invitational Project Bowl

    Here’s a chance for you to practice and learn about 4-H Project Bowls. The SE Invitational Project Bowl will be held Saturday, February 16 in Byron. This will be a double-elimination contest following MN 4-H Project Bowl rules (www.extension.umn.edu/youth/mn4-H/events/project-bowl).

    Winona County 4-H Mid-month Newsletter for October 15, 2018

    Here’s the October 15, 2018 edition of the mid-month newsletter to keep you informed of the current 4-H happenings.

    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!

    Join 4-H! Winona County 4-H Open House

    National 4-H week is October 7-13, 2018 and we want to celebrate by inviting you and your family to come learn more about 4-H and meet other 4-H members and volunteers! Join us Sunday, October 7th from 3-5 p.m. at the Lewiston Community Center!

    SE Region 4-H Fall Volunteer Leader and Youth Officer Training

    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.

    Winona County 4-H Biweekly Newsletter for September 15, 2018

    Here’s the September 15, 2018 edition of the biweekly newsletter to keep you informed of the current 4-H happenings.

    COUNTY 4-H’ER HONORED BY KIWANIS SUNRISERS OF WINONA

    Simon Warmkagathje was recognized as the Kiwanis Sunrisers of Winona 4-H Youth Representative for the month of September. He is the son of Ed and Mary Warmkagathje and a senior at St. Charles High School. He is a member of the Little Valley Victors 4-H Club and has served as the club treasurer, vice president and president.

    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.

    Winona County 4-H Biweekly Newsletter for September 1, 2018

    Here’s the September 1, 2018 edition of the biweekly newsletter to keep you informed of the current 4-H happenings.

    COUNTY 4-H’ER HONORED BY KIWANIS SUNRISERS OF WINONA

    Annika Drath was recognized as the Kiwanis Sunrisers of Winona 4-H Youth Representative for the month of August. She is the daughter of Kim and Troy Drath and a member of the Little Valley Victors 4-H Club. She graduated from St. Charles High School and attending UW Stout this fall.

    Winona County 4-H Biweekly Newsletter for August 15, 2018

    Here’s the August 15, 2018 edition of the biweekly newsletter to keep you informed of the current 4-H happenings.

    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.

    Winona County 4-H Biweekly Newsletter for August 1, 2018

    Here’s the August 1, 2018 edition of the biweekly newsletter to keep you informed of the current 4-H happenings.

    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.

    Winona County 4-H Biweekly Newsletter for July 1, 2018

    Here’s the July 1, 2018 edition of the biweekly newsletter to keep you informed of the current 4-H happenings.

    COUNTY 4-H’ER HONORED BY KIWANIS SUNRISERS OF WINONA

    Greg Brosig was recognized as the Kiwanis Sunrisers of Winona 4-H Youth Representative for the month of June. Greg is the son of Mark and Kathy Brosig and a member of the Mount Vernon Beacons 4-H Club. He graduated from Lewiston Altura High School and plans to attend the University of MN -Twin Cities.

    Winona County 4-H Biweekly Newsletter for June 15, 2018

    Here’s the June 15, 2018 edition of the biweekly newsletter to keep you informed of the current 4-H happenings.

    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.

    4-H Cloverbud Day Camps

    Come share a fun filled day of crafts, activities and learning about 4-H!

    Winona County 4-H Biweekly Newsletter for June 1, 2018

    Here’s the June 1, 2018 edition of the biweekly newsletter to keep you informed of the current 4-H happenings.

    MN State Fair 4-H Exhibitor Meeting

    The State Fair Exhibitor Meeting for 4-H'ers that won a State Fair Trip at the 2018 Winona County Fair will take place on Tuesday, July 17th.

    COUNTY 4-H’ER HONORED BY KIWANIS SUNRISERS OF WINONA

    Anna Ferden was recognized as the Kiwanis Sunrisers of Winona 4-H Youth Representative for the month of May. Anna is the daughter of Karin and Doug Ferden and a senior at St. Charles High School. She is a member of the Little Valley Victors 4-H Club and has served as the club secretary and historian.

    Winona County 4-H Biweekly Newsletter for May 15, 2018

    Here’s the May 15, 2018 edition of the biweekly newsletter to keep you informed of the current 4-H happenings.

    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.

    Winona County 4-H Food Revue

    4-H members from Winona County participated in the annual 4-H Food Revue on Saturday, April 28, 2018

    Winona County 4-H Biweekly Newsletter for May 1, 2018

    Here’s the May 1, 2018 edition of the biweekly newsletter to keep you informed of the current 4-H happenings.

    COUNTY 4-H’ER HONORED BY KIWANIS SUNRISERS OF WINONA

    Justin Buckbee was recognized as the Kiwanis Sunrisers of Winona 4-H Youth Representative for the month of April. Justin is the son of Steve and Joyce Buckbee and a senior at St. Charles High School. He is a member of the Utica Victory 4-H Club and is currently serving as the Club Vice President.

    Winona County 4-H Biweekly Newsletter for April 15, 2018

    Here’s the April 15, 2018 edition of the biweekly newsletter to keep you informed of the current 4-H happenings.

    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!"

    Winona County 4-H Biweekly Newsletter for April 1, 2018

    Here’s the April 1, 2018 edition of the biweekly newsletter to keep you informed of the current 4-H happenings.

    COUNTY 4-H’ER HONORED BY KIWANIS SUNRISERS OF WINONA

    Reece Riebel was recognized as the Kiwanis Sunrisers of Winona 4-H Youth Representative for the month of March. Reece is the son of Ann and Dave Riebel and a senior at Lewiston-Altura High School. He is a member of the Silo Happy Hustlers 4-H Club and has previously served as the President and Vice President.

    Winona County 4-H Biweekly Newsletter for March 15, 2018

    Here’s the March 15, 2018 edition of the biweekly newsletter to keep you informed of the current 4-H happenings.

    Livestock Quality Assurance Training Certification

    If you plan to show livestock at the county fair this year, please register for an LQA face-to-face training offered at various locations throughout Minnesota (most cost $5 but is up to individual training sites). Training completion is valid for 3 fair seasons. A NEW and alternative option is to complete YQCA online which is valid for only 1 fair season and costs $12. Please review your 4HOnline account and verify that your Quality Assurance certification is still valid.

    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 Mentorship Opportunity!

    Are you interested in showing a livestock project but don't know where to start? We can help!

    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!

    COUNTY 4-H’ER HONORED BY KIWANIS SUNRISERS OF WINONA

    Clay Wegman was recognized as the Kiwanis Sunrisers of Winona 4-H Youth Representative for the month of January. Clay is the son of David and Paula Wegman. He is a member of the Saratoga Challengers 4-H Club and a senior at Lewiston Altura High School.

    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.

    2018 Market Beef and Dairy Steer Weigh-Ins

    Market Beef and Dairy Steer Weigh-Ins are February 3rd. From 9-11:30 a.m. at the Lewiston Sales Barn , 21241 Dutchman Crossing Road, Lewiston.

    COUNTY 4-H’ER HONORED BY KIWANIS SUNRISERS OF WINONA

    Sydney Kurth was recognized as the Kiwanis Sunrisers of Winona 4-H Youth Representative for the month of November. Sydney is the daughter of Lyman and Holly Kurth. She is a member of the Silo Happy Hustlers 4-H Club and a junior at Lewiston Altura High School.

    Free "How-To" GATEway Science Fair Workshop

    Would you like to learn how to do a science fair project? Come to a free workshop that will show you how. Find out what makes a good science fair project, based on the scientific method of inquiry. Scientists will work with you in small groups to conduct and gather data for two experiments.

    Join a Project Development Committee!

    Consider joining a Project Development Committee(PDC)! Are you interested helping in a livestock or general project area?

    2017-2018 4-H Year Enrollment/Re-enrollment Begins September 16!

    ACT TODAY! Enroll for the 2017-2018 4-H year. Not only is active enrollment required for all youth (and adult volunteers) participating in county, regional or state 4-H events, active enrollment ensures that you'll get the latest and correct information from 4-H staff.

    4-H Cloverbud Day Camps

    Come share a fun filled day of crafts, activities and learning about 4-H!

    Treasurer Book and Training

    The treasurer materials are available on the Minnesota 4-H Website!

    Winona County 4-H Events Calendar.

    4-H events & other happenings information now available in calendar view at the touch of a button!

    Winona County 4-H Project Records

    Winona County 4-H Project Records for each project area is available. It is best to start your project records as soon as you decide what projects you will be exploring this year. Record keeping includes you determining what you hope to learn from the project throughout the year and is a tool to keep you on track for accomplishing those goals. At the end of the 4-H year you have all the information you need to share during judging events, college applications, and able to assess your growth and learning. Make sure you take pictures throughout the year to include in your records as documentation and memory book. This is a skill and routine that will assist you throughout your life both professionally and personally.
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