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August 25, 2011

August 25 message

Good Morning. As we all know, the Minnesota State Fair starts today. Special thanks goes out to all of our staff at county and regional offices who have spent many hours on all of the work that results in young people experiencing the State Fair through the 4-H educational programs.

Here is this years' version of State Fair trivia. If you think you know the correct answers, feel free to reply to this blog. I will post the correct answers next week.

Thanks, Bob

State Fair Trivia - 2011

1. Which fair food contains the most calories?

2. On average, what's the total number of corn dogs typically consumed by fair visitors each year?

3. In acres, how large is the fairgrounds?

4. When was the Pronto Pup introduced at the State Fair?

5. How long would it take the average cow to produce all the milk served during the fair's 12-day run at the All-You-Can-Drink milk booth?

6. Dan Patch Avenue on the State Fairgrounds was named after whom?

7. In what year was the first Princess Kay of the Milky Way crowned?

8. At what attraction can kids feed a chicken, stroll through an apple orchard and "purchase" produce all while learning about the Minnesota agricultural process?

9. What special event took place at the fairgrounds on June 20, 1910?

10. Where can you find 100 State Fair coupons offering savings on food, merchandise and attractions?

11. What year was the first Minnesota State Fair held?

12. When did the State Fair attendance first top the one million mark?

13. Which United States President gave one of his most famous speeches at the State Fair?

14. Who broke the all-time record for the most tickets sold to a single Grandstand show?

15. What are the two oldest buildings on the fairgrounds?

16. Approximately, how many rolls of toilet paper are used during the fair?

17. What is the oldest ride on the fairgrounds?

18. What famous author described the Minnesota State Fair in his poem, "A Night at the Fair" in 1928?

19. How much butter is used to sculpt the likeness of Princess Kay of the Milky Way?

August 18, 2011

August 18 message

Good Morning: My blog message this week is being sent to an expanded address list, including the entire staff at the Marshall and Hutchinson Regional Offices. The reason for this expanded list is to share some information about upcoming administrative changes.

As we all know, there are a significant number of our colleagues who will be retiring from Extension this year or early 2012. In the very near future, Dean Bev Durgan will share the list of individuals who have chosen to retire.

One of the individuals who will be retiring is Director of Field Operation Lee Raeth. Lee has provided great leadership to Extension in general and specifically to Field Operations. Lee's contributions will be greatly missed when he retires at the end of this year.

Dean Durgan has asked, and I have accepted appointment as Director of Field Operations. My appointment to this role will begin in January, 2012.

In the next weeks, we will share the next step for Regional Director leadership in our regions. We will also be in communication with County Extension Committees, County Commissioners and other stakeholders in the regions. I will involve many of you in that communication process, and ask that you refrain from sharing this information with the CEC's or Commissioners until we have had that communication.

I welcome any questions and suggestions that you may have, and look forward to working with many of you on this transition.

Thank you,

Bob