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Stevens County 4-H wraps up year at Awards Night

Horton 4-H was named Club of the Year.

The Stevens County 4-H Program concluded another blue ribbon year at the 2011 4-H Awards Night on Saturday, Oct. 8.

The 2010-11 Leaders Council Officers were President Sami Searle, Vice-President John DeBuhr, Secretary Courtney Ehleringer, Treasurers Natalie Johnston, Sandy Nelson and Paula Kill, Fair Board Representatives Cammi Aanerud, Sami Searle, Wendy DeRung and Brad Searle, and Adult Advisors Rose Wagner, and Veronica Curfman.

The 4-H Club Officers were BEES: Andrew Scheldorf, Mary Asfeld, Kent Blackwelder, Amy Berlinger; Darnen: Matt Munsterman, Robert Rohloff, Rachel Wagner, Megan Wagner, Jake Anderson, Morgan Rohloff; Hodges: Seth Nelson, Dylan Reese, Brooke Jepma, Evan Nelson, Emma Nelson; Horton: Jake Moser, Shauna Kill, Joanna Moser, Brady Wulf, Lexi Mahoney, Grace Mortenson; Pep and Progress: Courtney Ehleringer, Cassey Hickman, Chelsey Ehleringer, Calley Hickman, Correy Hickman, Dylan Curfman; Rendsville: Cammi Aanerud, Jacob Sperr, Shannon Kill, Savannah Aanerud, Sydney Sperr; Scott: Dillan Johnson, Brandy Johnson, Lindsay Flogstad, Jessica Lemmerman, Brooke Johnson; Stampede: Rebekah Aanerud, John DeBuhr, Jennifer Knutson, Mitch DeBuhr, Dianna Nelson; Swan Lake: Jase Wilts, Marcus Cannon, Jena DeRung, Cody Cannon, and Kindra Cannon.

The Key Leaders of each club serve as the go-between for the Extension Office and the clubs. They are Maria Berlinger, Stephanie Rohloff, Sandy Nelson, Paula Kill, Veronica Curfman, Julie Kill, Shellie Lemmerman, Jean Ritzschke, and Wendy DeRung.

In 2011 10 4-H members graduated from high school and were recognized for their achievements. They were Haley Scheldorf, Mac Kampmeier, Katelyn Blackwelder, Dylan Reese, Taylor Hufford, Cammi Aanerud, Natalie Johnston, Kendra Sperr, Sami Searle, and Cody Cannon.

In 2011 there were 25 new members: Christine Alberts, Sara Amundson, Margaret Amundson, Colten Scheldorf, Malory Anderson, Dalton Koehler, Bradley Rohloff, Gideon Joos, Sabrina Mattson, Haley Mattson, Ashlyn Mattson, Cade Fehr, Timothy Anderson, Paige Backman, Eason Hacker, Anna Langerud, Leah Glimsdahl, Dalton Luepke, Dakota Luepke, Miranda Papesh, Karmen Sperr, Adam Uphoff, Cody Nadgwick, Joseph Kleinwolterink, and Katelyn Ohren.

All 4-Hers in grades Kindergarten through 2nd grade are part of the Cloverbuds, a non competitive, exploration project. This year 34 4-Hers are in the Cloverbud project: Noah Amundson, Emma Ascheman, Natalie Backman, Corrie Erdahl, Kyle Fehr, Hannah Fischer, Hannah Flogstad, Carter Fults, Toby Gonnerman, Cortney Hickman, Jazlynn Hilbrands, MaKenna Hufford, Gabbi Joos, Callista Kill, Samuel Kleinwolterink, Anne Koehl, Calvin Krier, Collin Krier, Flynn McNally, Morgan Mithun, Chayla Montzka, Grace Mortenson, Justus Moser, Nissa Nadgwick, Isaac Nienhaus, Sydney Petersen, Preston Rohloff, Paxton Rohloff, Serena Schaefer, Hope Sperr, Caitlyn Struven, Laura Surerus, Tabitha VanHorn, and Amanda Wevley

The County 4-H Ambassadors is a group that is active all year, both behind the scenes and at 4-H events. The Ambies earn points based on how active they are throughout the year; there are three levels of Ambies, Gold, Silver and Bronze. The 2011 4-H Ambassadors at the Gold Level were Sami Searle, Amy Berlinger, Jena DeRung, Chelsey Ehleringer, Colton Schaefer, Courtney Ehleringer, Andrew Scheldorf, and Ashley Krier. At the Silver Level were Shauna Kill, Elizabeth Golombiecki, Cammi Aanerud, and Mary Asfeld. At the Bronze Level were Kendra Sperr, Natalie Johnston, Diana Nelson, Brittany Cardwell, MaKenzie Smith, Brooke Wente, Calley Hickman, and Cassey Hickman.

In 2011 Stevens County had four general livestock bowl teams participate at the Foley Regional Competition in March. Stevens County had one team advance to the State Competition from there. The members included Natalie Johnston, MaKenzie Smith, Kendra Sperr, Shauna Kill, Jake Moser, Lloyd Lesmeister, Chandler Gramm, Jena DeRung, Joanna Moser, Maria White, Brady Wulf, Isaac Wente, Austin White, Chase Metzger, Ryan Ascheman, Marty Koehl, Emma Nelson, Brooke Kill, Shayla Kill, Benjamin Koehl, Callie Koehl, and coaches Lee Johnston, Jon Moser, Rick Gramm, and Barry Nelson.

Members of the Livestock Judging Team were recognized for their participation at the Minnesota State Fair. Coaches were Tyler Evink and Justin Johnston. Team members included Natalie Johnston, Jake Moser, Brady Wulf, Lloyd Lesmeister, Tim Anderson, Chandler Gramm, Tyler Reese, and Isaac Wente.

Stevens County had three horse bowl teams participate at the Foley Regional Competition in March and two advanced to the State Project Bowl competition. Team members were Cammi Aanerud, John DeBuhr, Jordan Carlson, Mitch DeBuhr, Rebekah Aanerud, Elizabeth Golombiecki, Jennifer Knutson, Sydney Sperr, Savannah Aanerud, Micah Aanerud, Morgan Nelson, Shannon Kill, McKayla Petersen, and Nicole Knutson. Coaches were Kathy DeBuhr, Tami Sperr, and Julie Kill.

A team of horse enthusiasts participated in the Horse Hippology and Judging team competition at the Minnesota State Horse Show in September. Team members were John Debuhr, Mitch DeBuhr, Rebekah Aanerud, Jennifer Knutson, Elizabeth Golombiecki, Morgan Nelson, Savannah Aanerud, and coach Kathy DeBuhr.

The top project awards are additional recognition for the County Fair Grand Champions of the top 10 General Projects that have the most 4-Hers participating. The award recipients were Cammi Aanerud, Photography; Courtney Ehleringer, Crafts; Shauna Kill, Food and Nutrition; Brooke Wente, Self Determined; Andrew Scheldorf, Fine Arts; Amy Disselkamp, Scrapbooking; Courtney Ehleringer, Clothes You Buy; Matthew Munsterman, Shop; and Bradley Rohloff, Safety.

The following members received recognition for their project areas: Beef: Chandler Gramm, Blake Koser, Evan Nelson, Adam Asfeld, Joanna Moser, Jena DeRung, Jake Moser, Tim Anderson, Maria White, Mara DeRung, Natalie Johnston, Katelynn Jepma; Cat: Savannah Aanerud; Child Development: Morgan Rohloff, Courtney Ehleringer; Citizenship: Chelsey Ehleringer; Clothing & Textiles: Autumn Wente, Calley Hickman, Karmen Sperr, Chelsey Ehleringer, Courtney Ehleringer; Crafts and Fine Arts: Leah Glimsdal, Courtney Ehleringer, Chelsey Ehleringer, Cammi Aanerud, Rebekah Aanerud, Jena DeRung, Kelsey Voges, Colten Scheldorf, Mara DeRung, Trevor Voges, Brady Cardwell, Katelynn Jepma, Karmen Sperr, Micah Aanerud, Brittany Cardwell, Morgan Rohloff, Caitlin Wilts, Mary Asfeld, Katie Ohren, Savannah Aanerud; Crops: Colton Schaefer, Marty Koehl; Dairy: Jake Anderson, Kent Blackwelder, Elizabeth Golombiecki, Katelyn Blackwelder; Dog: Mitch DeBuhr; Electric: Brady Cardwell; Exploring the Environment: Jena DeRung; Fishing Sports: Brady Cardwell, Jase Wilts; Flower Gardening: Leah Glimsdal, Cammi Aanerud, Savannah Aanerud; Food & Nutrition: Amy Berlinger, Trevor Voges, Cody Nadgwick, Brittany Cardwell, Courtney Ehleringer, Morgan Rohloff, Chelsey Ehleringer, Jena DeRung; Forest Resources: Caitlin Wilts; Fruit: Marty Koehl, Savannah Aanerud; Geology: Shannon Kill; Goat: Amy Berlinger, Brooke Kill, Elizabeth Golombiecki, Colton Schaefer; Home Environment: Brooke Wente, Courtney Ehleringer, Correy Hickman; Horse: Savannah Aanerud, Jordan Carlson, Sami Searle, Emma Nelson, Mitch DeBuhr, Cammi Aanerud, Rebekah Aanerud, Elizabeth Golombiecki, John DeBuhr; Llama: Elizabeth Golombiecki; Performing Arts: Savannah Aanerud, Amy Berlinger. Pets: Maria White; Photography: Jena DeRung, Kelsey Voges, Cassey Hickman, Leah Glimsdal, Jase Wilts, Cammi Aanerud, Rebekah Aanerud, Savannah Aanerud, Kellen Erdahl, Amy Berlinger, Paige Backman, Mara DeRung, Calley Hickman, Nicole Knutson, Blake Koser, Abbie McNally, Morgan Rohloff; Potatoes: Trevor Voges; Poultry: Miranda Papesh, Jase Wilts, Joseph Surerus, Benjamin Koehl, Mitch DeBuhr, John DeBuhr; Rabbit: Joseph Surerus, Caitlin Wilts, Jase Wilts; Robotics: Jena DeRung; Self Determined: Brooke Wente, Caitlin Wilts, Morgan Rohloff, Jake Anderson; Sheep: Shauna Kill, Joanna Moser, Robert Rohloff, Seth Nelson, Natalie Johnston, Kellen Erdahl, Emma Nelson, Blake Koser, Bradley Rohloff, Morgan Rohloff; Shop: Micah Aanerud, John DeBuhr; Swine: Natalie Johnston, Evan Nelson, Joanna Moser, Robert Rohloff, Kellen Erdahl, Kurtis Kill, Marty Koehl, Kevin Asfeld, Bradley Rohloff, Katelynn Jepma, Jacob Sperr, Chandler Gramm; Vegetable Gardening: Connor Koser, Emma Nelson; Veterinary Science: Rebekah Aanerud; Wildlife Biology: Jena DeRung; Youth Leadership: Amy Berlinger, Andrew Scheldorf, Brooke Wente, Brittany Cardwell, Colton Scheldorf, Cammi Aanerud, Sami Searle, Shauna Kill, and Jena DeRung. Top Overall Record Keepers for the Junior division included Honorable Mentions to Maria White, Kellen Erdahl, Mara DeRung, Katelynn Jepma, Micah Aanerud, and Shannon Kill. Reserve Champion went to Trevor Voges and Champion to Emma Nelson. Honorable Mentions for the Intermediate division included Joseph Surerus, Brittany Cardwell, Morgan Rohloff, Caitlin Wilts, and Savannah Aanerud. Reserve Champion went to Joanna Moser and Champion to Amy Berlinger. In the Senior division, Honorable Mentions were Courtney Ehleringer, Chelsey Ehleringer, Jase Wilts, Elizabeth Golombiecki, Rebekah Aanerud, and Cammi Aanerud. Reserve Champion went to Tim Anderson and Champion to Natalie Johnston. The Darnen 4-H Club and Pep and Progress 4-H Club were recognized for completing 100 percent of their records.

The top reporter award goes to Emma Nelson of the Hodges 4-H Club. The top secretary award goes to Jena DeRung of the Swan Lake 4-H Club. The Demonstration Club award is given to the 4-H club with the highest number of club members participating at Demonstration Day. In 2011 that was the Pep and Progress Club. The Champion Overall Herdsmanship club was named the Darnen 4-H Club.

Livestock interviews were conducted on Thursday morning of the County Fair. For the Beginner age division, Honorable Mentions were Cade Fehr, Cole Reese, Connor Reese, Morgan Mahoney, Bradley Rohloff, and Hunter Gonnerman. Reserve Champion was Maria White and Grand Champion was Emma Nelson. For the Junior age division, Honorable Mention was Chandler Gramm, Reserve Champion was Robert Rohloff, and Grand Champion was Joanna Moser. In the Intermediate age division Honorable Mention was Brady Wulf and Mitch DeBuhr, Reserve Champion was Rebekah Aanerud, and Grand Champion was Elizabeth Golombiecki. In the Senior age division, Honorable Mentions were John DeBuhr, Cammi Aanerud, Shauna Kill, Lloyd Lesmeister, Jake Moser, Natalie Johnston, Mac Kampmeier, Brandy Johnson, and Sadie Fischer. Reserve Champion went to Tim Anderson and Grand Champion to Sami Searle.

4-Hers qualify to participate in Round Robin by receiving honors in their showmanship divisions. Champion and Reserve Champion participants received jackets and are as follows: Junior Reserve Champion was Kellen Erdahl and Champion was Emma Nelson; Intermediate Reserve Champion was Diana Nelson and Champion was Savannah Aanerud; Senior Reserve Champion was Natalie Johnston and Champion was Lloyd Lesmeister.

The PS Jordan award is presented to a 4-Her with a long standing involvement in the Animal Science project area and record keeping. This year's award winner was Lloyd Lesmeister, a 4-Her who is active in the beef and sheep projects, an active member of the General Livestock Project Bowl team, and the Swan Lake 4-H Club.

The Leonard Wulf Memorial Award is given to a beef member that stands out to other beef members. This award is voted on by the youth in the beef project. This year's recipient is Tim Anderson, a very knowledgeable beef project member, who is willing to share his knowledge with others, brings a great energy to the 4-H beef project, is a great role model for the 4-H beef project, and has brought a different perspective to the project members.

The Jory Anderson Memorial Sportsmanship Award is an award is given to a horse member who has been in the project more than two years. It is a member who shows good sportsmanship and serves as a good role model for new members. the 2011 recipient is Sadie Fischer.

The Mackenzie Hauglund Memorial Beginner Showman Award is an award is given to a horse member who has only been in the project for one or two years. This is a member who has a positive attitude and has shown improvement since they started in the project. The 2011 recipient is Emma Nelson.

The Outstanding 4-H Project Achievement Awards are given to those who rise above the rest in their project areas. 4-Hers receiving awards were: Animal Science: Emma Nelson; Expressive and Communication Arts: Correy Hickman; Family and Consumer Sciences: Courtney Ehleringer; Mechanical Sciences: Micah Aanerud; Natural Resources: Brady Cardwell; Personal Growth and Development: Calley Hickman; and Plant Sciences: Cammi Aanerud.

Species Supervisors are adult leaders that do a lot of work behind the scenes to make the livestock shows and the 4-H livestock programs. 2011 Species Supervisors were Auction: Doug Ehlers; Beef: Jon Moser and Scott Johnston; Dairy: Amy and Mark Blackwelder; Goat: Jenny and Kevin Schaefer; Horse: Brad and Amy Searle; Poultry: Les and Kathy DeBuhr; Rabbit: Pam Disselkamp; Round Robin: Amy Blackwelder and Judy Johnston; Sheep: Judy Johnston and Pat Smith; and Swine: Steve and Lori Kill.

The Hustle Award goes to members who have shown a lot of hustle this year in club and county activities. They are real go getters and are always willing to participate in activities. They take the 4-H experience to the next level. The 2011 recipients were Gideon Joos and Shauna Kill.

The Wayne Duncan Scholarship is given in memory of Wayne Duncan to a 4-Her who has had a long involvement with 4-H. The 2011 Wayne Duncan Achievement Scholarship winner is Kendra Sperr.

The I Dare You Award dares them to achieve their highest potential and to influence others through a life of leadership and service. Both recipients this year are active in their clubs and project areas. They bring a great energy to 4-H and we look forward to working with them in the years to come. This year's recipients are Joanna Moser and Calley Hickman.

The Key Award recognizes contributions to both club and the community, and encourages 4-Hers to grow as outstanding citizens. This year, one 4-Her from Stevens County applied for the Minnesota 4-H Key Award, Cassey Hickman.

The outstanding youth leader award recognizes an individual who has shown leadership on many occasions and in many ways at the club and county levels. The outstanding youth leader is given to the Ambassador with the most points (which are earned based on involvement throughout the year). The 2011 Outstanding Youth Leaders are Sami Searle and Amy Berlinger.

The 4-H Family of the Year is nominated by 4-H families and clubs. The 4-H Family of the Year this year is the Leo, Maria, and Maria Berlinger Family.

Many people involved with the Stevens County 4-H have gone the Extra Mile this year. The two Extra Mile Award recipients were Paula Kill and Maria Berlinger.

Stevens County is fortunate to have many friends of 4-H who help with the 4-H program. Our first recipient is a strong supporter of 4-H. He serves as an advocate for youth involved with agriculture programs in Stevens County, from learning about agriculture to raising agriculture to showing, Dennis Sleiter is always a great support of the Stevens County 4-H Program. Indpendent Farmers Ag Service of Hancock is a great sponsor and supporter of 4-H projects in Stevens County.

4-H has a long history of community involvement. This year the clubs in Stevens County have once again done many projects to improve their communities. The 2011 Community Pride Club of the Year goes to Stampede 4-H Club.

This year, clubs were invited to promote 4-H and their clubs in a National 4-H Week Window Contest. Clubs from all communities in the county participated, including B.E.E.S, Darnen, Hodges, Rendsville, Stampede, and Swan Lake. The secondplace window belongs to Stampede 4-H Club with their Get Roped into 4-H Display! The first-place window with the theme of 4-H Is Cool belongs to the B.E.E.S 4-H Club.

The Club of the Year was awarded to the Horton 4-H Club and the second place club of the year was the Rendsville 4-H Club.