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4-H is in the spotlight next week

Contributed photo The Chippewa 4-H Club came up with this creative display during last year's National 4-H Week to encourage young people to get involved in the program.

October 4-10 is National 4-H Week and Douglas County is celebrating with a display contest.

Look for displays about 4-H in your neighborhood.

In Douglas County, more than 500 4-H members and adult volunteers are involved in 4-H.

"There are currently 20 clubs that meet throughout the county and 4-H after school is alive and well in many of the local schools," said Jodi Hintzen, 4-H program coordinator in Douglas County.

The fundamental 4-H ideal of practical, "learn by doing" experiences encourage youth to experiment, innovate and think independently, Hintzen said.

4-H programs are offered through school-based, after-school and camp settings and within community clubs.

"You can join the 4-H community today," Hintzen said.

To learn how to become a 4-H member or volunteer leader in Douglas County, contact Hintzen at the University of Minnesota Extension, Douglas County at (320) 762-3890 or

4-H is a community of six million young people across America learning leadership, citizenship, and life skills.

The 4-H programs are implemented by 106 land grant universities and the cooperative Extension system through 3,100 local Extension offices across the country.

Learn more about the 4-H adventure at