Weather Forecast

Haugen works for the University of Minnesota Extension in Brainerd.

EVERYDAY PEOPLE: Shooting for the stars


Heidi Haugen is out to set the record straight: 4-H is not just for farmers.

Haugen works for the University of Minnesota Extension in Brainerd as an educator in youth development. 4-H is part of the Extension’s youth development outreach program.

“I look at training volunteers and staff members in volunteer management,” Haugen said of her role in training adults to lead 4-H clubs. The value of leading, Haugen said is obvious in the impact it has on the kids.

Are you a newspaper subscriber but you don't have a Digital Access account yet?

You will need your subscription account number and phone number. Not sure if you have an account? Email us at and we can help you.

Sarah Nelson
Sarah Nelson joined the Brainerd Dispatch in April 2010 and works as a online reporter, content editor and staff writer. She is a world traveler, accused idealist and California native now braving the winters of Central Minnesota. She believes in the power of human resolve and hopes to be part of something that makes history by bringing an end to injustice in the world. Sarah has worked as a criminal background researcher, high school civics teacher, grant writer, and contributing writer with — tackling every issue from global poverty to bio-degradable bicycles. Her favorite thing about living in Minnesota is July. Sarah left the Brainerd Dispatch in April 2014.
(218) 855-5879