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Key Awards Key awards were presented to (left to right) Heidi Larson, Lucky Star, Alexandria; Paige Gabrielson, Hoofbeats, Alexandria; Will Schroeder, Moe, Brandon; and Ashley Larson, Lucky Star, Alexandria.

Douglas County 4-H wraps up successful year with awards and accolades

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Douglas County 4-H held its annual 2012-2013 Awards Night Celebration November 16 at the Douglas County Public Works Building.

The evening began with dinner and a slide show highlighting the past 4-H year. Dinner was followed by ice cream and cookies for dessert served by Rod and Linda Eldevik of Alexandria Rotary.

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Brian Gibson, president of Alexandria Rotary, opened the evening with a welcome and words of advice.

4-H members were recognized for the following accomplishments-I Dare You Awards, Minnesota 4-H Key Award, Outstanding Project awards, and scholarships from Alexandria Rotary, Alexandria Elks, Alexandria Golden Brothers Lions and the Thornton family for 4-H career youth leadership. The Friends of 4-H and Adult Volunteer of the Year were also recognized.

The 4-H thanks all award sponsors: S & T Office Products, Alexandria Rotary, Alexandria Elks, Golden Brothers Lions and the Thornton Family, and to Douglas County Public Works for the use of its facilities.

4-H is Minnesota’s largest youth serving program providing young people with access to positive youth development and leadership programs. 4-H makes a difference, according to leaders of the program.

According to a Tufts University study; 4-H youth have better grades, are more than twice as likely to contribute to their communities, and are 47 percent less likely to participate in risky behaviors.

For more information or to join 4-H, contact the Douglas County Extension office at (320) 762-3890 or hintz010@umn.edu.

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