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

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.1 / 10
Friend of 4-H Larry Doll of Lakes Gas of Miltona received the Friend of 4-H Award. The award recognizes a person, group or organization that has made an outstanding contribution to the 4-H Youth Development Program. Generally, persons outside of the 4-H program are recognized with this award; however, 4-H leaders working on a county or state level are also eligible.2 / 10
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Friend of 4-H Kevin Fairchild of Long Prairie Packing Company, LLC, was presented with a Friend of 4-H Award. 4 / 10
Volunteer The Volunteer of the Year was Brad Schmidt with the Chippewans 4-H Club in Alexandria. The award recognizes an adult that has been active in the 4-H program. Schmidt has consistently volunteered his time and support for a number of years.5 / 10
I Dare You The “I Dare You” Award was presented to Shane Massmann, Liberty Livewires 4-H Club, Osakis and (not pictured) Kodi Bunderman, Lake Mary Troopers 4-H Club, Alexandria. This award is presented to two junior leaders who have been active on a club and county level.6 / 10
Thornton Elizabeth Thornton presented Paige Gabrielson, Hoofbeats 4-H Club in Alexandria with the prestigious Thornton Award. This award for 4-H junior leadership was first given in 1932 by Ralph Thornton, secretary of the Douglas County Agricultural Association (1915-1951) and has been carried on by his son Joe, and now his daughter, Elizabeth, and grandson, Mike.7 / 10
Elks Dan Nelson of Alexandria, Elks Exalted Ruler, presented Will Schroeder, Moe 4-H Club in Brandon with the Karl Glade Elks Citizenship Award. This $250 is sponsored by the Alexandria Elks. It is presented to a 4-H member enrolled in youth leadership and or citizenship.8 / 10
Lions Molly Schouweiler of the Chippewans 4-H Club in Alexandria received the Golden Brothers Lions Club Community Service Award. This $100 cash award is presented to a 4-H member demonstrating outstanding community service through leadership and hands-on work. 9 / 10
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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