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Talking It Over -- A special centennial

There is a celebration within a celebration this weekend. Not only are we observing the 136th Stevens County Fair but also the Minnesota Extension Service is celebrating its 100th year. These two events tie together in two important areas - the Extension Homemakers Clubs and 4-H clubs.

The Minnesota Extension Service was formed in 1909 and since that time the organization has extended the reach of the university and its knowledge into every corner of the state, providing Minnesotans with access to practical, research-based information to help improve their lives.

From World War I to present day, thousands of Minnesota families, including new Americans, have turned to Extension to get through difficult times. Working with Extension, Minnesotans have learned how to grow healthy food, serve it on a tight budget, and raise their children during challenging times. As a result, Minnesota communities are stronger and more vibrant, today's youth are prepared to be tomorrow's leaders, Minnesota farms are more profitable, the food we eat is safer, and the quality of Minnesota's lakes and rivers is improved.

Here in Stevens County, we are celebrating the work of the Extension Service through special displays in the Homemakers building and a history book about county homemakers groups. Each club submitted a history for the book and created a poster to be on display in the Homemakers building. It will make for some interesting reading and observing during the fair.

If you haven't already, I encourage you to take a little extra time this year to take in all the sights in the Homemakers and 4-H Buildings. It's a time to celebrate and also a time to learn about the important work being done by the Minnesota Extension Service.