Aitkin County Information
Where Are We Located?
The University of Minnesota Extension - Aitkin County Office is located in Aitkin, Minnesota at 217 2nd Street NW in Room 134. This is the County Courthouse building on 2nd Street, which is also Highway 210.
Aitkin County Extension Committee
The nine member county Extension committee is charged with the following responsibilities:
• Work with the Regional Extension Director to identify local citizen needs and match those needs to regional Extension programs.
• Determine where there is a need for more intense local educational efforts and work with county commissioners to fund those positions.
• Hire local Extension educational staff using University of Minnesota hiring practices and a search committee that includes County Extension Committee members.
• Review local Extension staff yearly work plan to jointly agree on outcomes that best serve citizen needs.
• Provide oversight to local Extension office budget development and present budget to the county board of commissioners.
• Assist in marketing Extension programs throughout the county.
Aitkin County Extension Committee Members
Sharon Dotzler, District 1
Joy Janzen, District 2
Roberta Elvecrog, District 3
Debra Chute, District 4
Dave Carlson, District 5
Bonnie Mickelson, Member-at-Large
Kirk Peysar, County Auditor
Galen Tveit, County Commissioner
J. Mark Wedel, County Commissioner
Aitkin County 4-H Information
Aitkin County 4-H works to create supportive environments for all youth and adults to reach their fullest potential. Twelve community clubs make up the membership of the program. The Aitkin County 4-H Council serves as the umbrella organization of all the 4-H clubs. Council meetings are generally held the 2nd Monday of the month in January, April, July and October. All 4-H members, leaders and parents are invited to attend Council meetings. 4-H members in the 7th grade and up and parents of 4-H members from the previous year, as well as adult project, activity and key leaders are eligible to vote on Council business.
How Do I Join 4-H?
If you would like to join 4-H or learn more about the program, you are welcome to attend a 4-H community club meeting. Community clubs meet throughout the county on a monthly basis. Please feel free to contact the 4-H office for club leader contact information. To complete 4-H membership, youth in Kindergarten through one year past high school must complete an enrollment form. Forms are available online at mn.4honline.com or at the Aitkin County 4-H office at 217 2nd Street NW, Room 134, Aitkin, MN 56431 or by calling 218-927-2538.
Important 4-H DeadlinesAnimal ID Deadline (Market Beef) - February 15
Add Projects Deadline - May 1
Animal ID Deadline (Breeding Beef, Dairy, Dog, Goat, Horse, Lama, Rabbit, Sheep & Swine) - May 15