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4-H'ers attend volunteer training

4-H volunteers from across Minnesota met at the Douglas County Extension office in Alexandria on November 26 for a 4-H volunteer training forum. Local 4-H volunteer Chad Bruns spoke at the event.

While growing up, Bruns, district sales manager for Gold Country Seed, was a member of the Prairie Ramblers 4-H Club in Grant County.

"As a young 4-H'er, I learned leadership and public speaking skills through livestock judging," said Bruns. "I still raise sheep and help many 4-H'ers with their projects. It's important for young people to have something positive to work toward in life."

Nearly 80 Minnesota 4-H Volunteer Forums, sponsored in part by Monsanto through National 4-H Council, brought 4-H volunteers together to network and learn about innovative programs that will help bring fresh perspectives and activities to 4-H programs across Minnesota. These trainings included new volunteer orientations, cutting edge technology and face-to-face meetings.

Young people in 4-H are challenged to be active citizens and engaged leaders. They are encouraged to not idly view the world, but to be active in it as catalysts for a positive change.