Minnesota 4-H news
Youth come together to create radio programming
(August 2014, Brittany Lynch) KFAI radio in Minneapolis, Urban 4-H, and YouthCARE came together to create The Fresh Air Institute (FAI), a young voices collaboration that allows youth from across the Twin Cities to be on the air. The summer Urban 4-H program coordinator Brittany Lynch, who also hosts KFAI's, Soul Tools Radio, led three groups of youth from 4-H and YouthCARE in creating radio programming at KFAI. They participated in community service projects, content development activities, and recording sessions to be broadcast on Aug. 12 for International Youth Day. This experience was called The Fresh Air Institute--the first of what we hope to be many summer capstone projects in cooperation with the KFAI radio station. After weeks of experiential learning in the studios, the FAI participants went live on the air to be interviewed about their experiences in the program. All of their pre-recorded content was aired on this day as well. FAI participants were involved in every step of their broadcasting process--from selecting music, to creating on-air personalities, to writing and editing their shows' content. Listen to the final product.
Watch 4-H state fair events live online
(August 2014) We will be webcasting several 4-H events live during the Minnesota State Fair:
- Dairy goat show, 8 a.m. Friday, Aug. 22 (approx. 6 hours): Ask questions about dairy goats, about 4-H, what judges are looking for, and what’s going on in the Ag Star Arena that morning.
- Arts-in performance, 5 p.m. Monday, Aug. 26 (30 minutes): Watch 4-H’ers from across the state perform this year’s original production, “Dare to live”. Ask questions about the theme, the experience of putting on an original show, and what the 4-H’ers are learning during their state fair experience.
- Lama costume competition, 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 27 (approx. 1 hour): Ask questions about lamas, the costume competition, and what 4-H’ers learn from doing it.
Each show will have a live chat hosted by a 4-H youth. You will be able to ask questions about the judging, the animals, the show, and being in 4-H. This is a great way for family members who can't be there to watch, and to learn more about what they are doing and learning at the fair.
Watch all three shows on the same page on our website. They will be recorded and the recordings will be housed on the Arts-in and Lama Project web pages after the fair. Thanks to our sponsor, Broadband Corp.
Get the app! 4-H at the Minnesota State Fair
(August 2014) This year we have a smartphone app for state fair visitors and 4-H exhibitors! 4-H has invested in this technology to reach all of our audiences during the fair -- especially those who are on the fairgrounds, and carrying smartphones in their pockets. It brings together two other things we've developed over the past few years: livestock show and project exhibit messaging on Twitter; the 4-H online database of members and state fair judging results.
Download the app now!
- Get 4-H judging results by class or by county
- See the public schedule of 4-H events
- Find these events easily with an interactive map
- Read all our Twitter streams: 3 channels are for 4-H exhibitors, such as livestock show staging announcements -- plus the MN4H news and conversational channel
You can still get all tweets by text message as in previous years -- find instructions for that here.
We think this app is a great investment -- it's a way to make 4-H events more visible and easier for fair visitors to find. Please share it with your networks.
Brokenhearted, farmer donates $4 million farm to 4-H
(June 2014, KARE-11) To a farmer there is no love, like the love for his land. True for Curt Chergosky, until love landed him. It was the talk of Lakefield, when pushing 50, one of Jackson County's most entrenched bachelor farmers fell for the newly-hired county 4-H coordinator.
Andrea Ruesch was a bubbly bundle of energy, still in her mid-30's, when she started her job in Jackson County. She was a tireless advocate for her 4-H kids. Chergosky loved that about her. When he popped the question after seven months, the venue was no surprise. "I asked her in the parking lot of the extension office," he laughs. "And she said 'yes.' Three months before their wedding, Chergosky and Ruesch were together weaning calves. Not feeling well, Ruesch went into the house. When Chergosky joined her a short time later, she told him to call for an ambulance. By the time Chergosky made it the hospital, the doctor was standing by the door. Ruesch had died. The autopsy showed a pulmonary embolism, a blot clot in Ruesch's lungs. Now Chergosky was back to sowing his seeds alone. No soul mate, no promise of children, no 4th generation to whom he could pass on his farm.
When he finally figured it out, Chergosky moved forward in a very big way. Greeted by a standing ovation, this spring Chergosky announced at a gathering in St. Paul, the donation of his entire farm to 4-H. Four hundred acres of prime Jackson County farm land is no small gift. At current prices, it could easily fetch $4 million.
The money will be split three ways, between 4-H programs at the state and Jackson County levels - and a scholarship in Ruesch's name that's already issued $1000 checks to 35 4-H members, finishing high school and starting college.
4-H in the media
- The Osakis Review | 4-H’er Halbersma interview finalist at state fair
- Improving County-Based Science Programs: Bringing Out the Science Teacher in Your Volunteer Leaders
- Owatonna People Press | AROUND TOWN: Steele County Youth Celebrate National 4-H Week Oct. 6-10
- The ECM Post Review | Local women secure top awards at Minnesota State Fair
- Minnesota Farm Guide | Merck Animal Health Recognizes 4-H Members for Advocacy Work
- The Isanti County News | Teen takes champion, makes 4-H auction
- Le Center Leader | Le Sueur County 4-H State Fair Livestock Results
- Minnesota Farmguide | Fun marketing game helps kids understand risks of feeding cattle
- The ECM Post Review | Harris girl a finalist for Poultry Princess
- The ECM Post Review | Touched by the 4-H experience at the Great Get-Together