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Crow Wing County celebrates 4-H week

Cole O’Hern, a Crow Wing County 4-H member, smiles after winning a purple ribbon at the Minnesota State Fair. Submitted photo

Crow Wing County this week is celebrating 4-H youths who made an impact on the community. Oct. 7-13 is National 4-H Week.

The 4-H youth development program provides "learn-by-doing" experiences to encourage youths to experiment, innovate and think independently, according to 4-H officials, and to obtain essential life skills such as problem-solving, decision-making, coping and communicating.

4-H programs are offered through school-based, after-school and camp settings and within community clubs, where groups meet regularly to work on projects, perform community service and develop leadership skills.

"4-H provides positive non-school learning opportunities that are critical for the development of young people," Minnesota 4-H Youth Development Program Leader Dorothy McCargo Freeman said in a news release. "As a result, 4-H youth are able to contribute and make a difference in positive ways in their homes, schools and communities throughout Minnesota."

Today's 4-H projects include the traditional agriculture and animal science projects but also cutting-edge technology projects, such as aquatic robotics, digital photography, and community service and environmental projects, such as testing water in area streams for contaminants.

"We are a huge part of our community and receive many requests for volunteer help. The youth know if they don't help with these events they might not happen. They truly feel important and love doing service projects," County 4-H Volunteer Cindy Terwilliger said in a news release.

In Crow Wing County, more than 250 4-H members and 85 volunteers are involved in 4‑H.

Purple ribbon winners from the county at the Minnesota State Fair include Athena Moe, Haven Bernatsky, Cole O'Hern, Matthew Lagaard, Jessica Otto, Audrey Bock, Allison Struffert, Aaron Sopelle, Isabella Chaussee, River Curtis and Benjamin Guida.

For more information or how people can get involved go to www.4-H.umn.edu or contact Sarah Ukkelberg, Crow Wing County 4-H program coordinator, at 218-824-1069 or sarahu@umn.edu.

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