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Good Morning: I hope you have had a good week. A few things to share today:

Welcome Linda Kutzke! Linda Kutzke began work this week as Support staff in Kandiyohi County. Linda has previous Extension experience from Clay County, Minnesota. Linda's hours are Monday through Thursday from 8:15 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Those hours are also the hours the Kandiyohi Extension office is open to the public. Linda's e-mail address will be lmkutzke@umn.edu (however that address is not yet activated).

4H Program Coordinator opening: The Lyon County 4H Program Coordinators position is currently posted. Application deadline is September 16th. The position is currently open due to the resignation of the previous Lyon County 4H PC Laurie Palmer.

Promise Fellows: While it is not completely confirmed, we expect two Promise Fellow positions will be hired in the region in October. These twelve month positions will expand youth educational experiences in focused areas. The positions in our region will be in Lyon and Kandiyohi counties.

Gift questions: Earlier this week we all received an e-mail about the staff and faculty gifts that were distributed at the Celebrate U day. Distribution of gifts for staff that did not receive the gifts at Celebrate U day and are located on campus goes through campus mail. For Extension staff located in County or Regional Offices, distribution will be handled as in past years. All of the gifts will be drop shipped to Coffey Hall, and Regional Directors will deliver them to office locations over the next few weeks. So, be patient.

President at the Fair: Last Sunday, U of M President Kaler spent time at the 4H building at the Minnesota State Fair learning about the variety of exhibits, experiences, and opportunities enjoyed by the 6,800 4H members participating in this year's State Fair.

Have a nice Holiday Weekend,

Here are the answers to last week's state fair trivia:

State Fair Trivia Answers
1. Which fair food contains the most calories? The Fried Candy Bars
2. On average, what's the total number of corn dogs typically consumed by fair visitors each year? 500,000
3. In acres, how large is the fairgrounds? 320 Acres
. 4. When was the Pronto Pup introduced at the State Fair? 1947
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? 3-4 Years
6. Dan Patch Avenue on the State Fairgrounds was named after whom? Race horse Dan Patch, who set numerous records at the State Fair track in the early 1900s.
7. In what year was the first Princess Kay of the Milky Way crowned? 1953
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? Little Farm Hands at the Fair, located off of Lee Avenue on Machinery Hill
9. What special event took place at the fairgrounds on June 20, 1910? The first flight in Minnesota history
10. Where can you find 100 State Fair coupons offering savings on food, merchandise and attractions? The Blue Ribbon Bargain Book
11. What year was the first Minnesota State Fair held? 1859
12. When did the State Fair attendance first top the one million mark? September 5, 1955. Robert Karklin received a wristwatch and silver trophy for being the fair's millionth customer
13. Which United States President gave one of his most famous speeches at the State Fair? Teddy Roosevelt, his "Speak Softly and Carry a Big Stick" speech in 1901
14. Who broke the all-time record for the most tickets sold to a single Grandstand show? Christina Aguilera
15. What are the two oldest buildings on the fairgrounds? The Arts Center and the Progress Center, both built in 1907
16. Approximately, how many rolls of toilet paper are used during the fair? 22,000 rolls
17. What is the oldest ride on the fairgrounds? Ye Old Mill, built in 1913
18. What famous author described the Minnesota State Fair in his poem, "A Night at the Fair" in 1928? F. Scott Fitzgerald
19. How much butter is used to sculpt the likeness of Princess Kay of the Milky Way? 85-90 lbs

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