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We will be hiring almost 40 4-H summer interns through the central interview process in 2015! Additionally, many counties will hire through their human resource department. The positions are located throughout the state and most positions will be for eight to ten weeks, with flexible starting dates. Each internship will provide an excellent opportunity to learn more about University of Minnesota Extension and explore job opportunities in 4-H Youth Development.

The applicants for the University of Minnesota central interview process must have a high school diploma, and at least two years of undergraduate study is preferred. They cannot have received their undergraduate degree in order to serve as an intern (including spring 2015 graduates). University of Minnesota Extension hired candidates must apply on-line through the University of Minnesota job site.

The application materials will include a standard application, résumé, cover letter, list of three references and a college transcript. The application deadline is Feb. 28. Interviews will be held on Friday, March 20 at the Mankato Regional Office and Willmar Regional Office and via Skype or Google Hangout.

For more information, please contact Michele VanDyke at 605-864-8131 or

Michele VanDyke

Human resources

As a follow up to last weeks animal ID webinar (see YD Intranet for recording and PPT), next week's webinar will be a half-hour refresher on animal ID operations in 4HOnline. Topics will include data entry, reports and auditing (figuring out who changed what data and when it was changed).

The webinar will be on Tuesday, March 3, from 10 - 10:30 a.m. at

Todd Mehrkens

Academic technologist

4-H dog owners bring their dogs to this training and networking workshop for youth ages fourth grade and older, their families, trainers, potential trainers, youth and adult leaders. Topics presented include: agility training, Northstar therapy animals, obedience training, Northstar canine services (police dog demonstration), agility games, rally training, showmanship training and much more.

2015 Dog Supersession
June 13-14, 2015
Redwood County Fairgrounds, Redwood Falls
Pre-register by May 23, 2015
$30 per person for weekend, $20 per person for one day only

Additional info:

Karen Nelson

Fairs and animal science programs

4-H Dog Alumni Fun Match

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All 4-H alumni and their dogs are invited!

May 3, 2015
Rice County Fairgrounds
1814 2nd Ave. NW, Faribault
$4 for first class/dog, $3 for second class/dog
Pre-registration required

Additional info:

Karen Nelson

Fairs and animal science programs

This is a seminar for current judges and prospective judges in agility. 4-H dog project leaders or Extension personnel are welcome as auditors. It is NOT a seminar designed for younger 4-H members (though a youth leader in a county leadership position with interest in future judging would be welcome).

May 2-3, 2015
Rice County Fairgrounds
1814 2nd Ave. NW, Faribault
Registration deadline: April 24, 2015
Additional info:

Karen Nelson

Fairs and animal science programs

Notice for all county Use! The county Generic 4-H Fair Premium Book for 2015 is now posted on the YD Intranet here.

Note that changes are marked in BOLD ORANGE font and all documents can be altered to fit your specific county needs. Please let me know if you have any difficulties,

Karen Nelson

Fairs and animal science programs


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Ak-Sar-Ben will be moving their office this weekend and will be open for business at the new address on Monday, March 2, 2015. Phone numbers and email contact information will not change.

The new mailing address is:

  • AKSARBEN Foundation
    6910 Pacific Street, Suite 102
    Omaha, NE 68106
Sharon Davis
Extension educator

Starting this month we'll be focusing on one of the 4-H volunteer online training modules with an article in the statewide 4-H Clover Update and staff supports (e-blast, Facebook, and Twitter messages plus a postcard and facilitator guide for group viewing). The online trainings are designed to provide on demand support for adult volunteers to build the skills, knowledge and resources to be successful in in their work with young people.

The training highlighted in March is Creating a welcoming environment. Targeted towards organizational, project, and activity volunteers, it covers four parts of a welcoming environment and has tools and resources volunteers can use to build welcoming environments.

Staff are also encouraged to view the module and identify volunteers who would benefit from this training. Of course, any of the modules can be viewed at any time. The monthly focus is designed to help us realize our goal of having 25% of volunteers complete a module by Sept. 30, 2015. Online training information can be found on the YD Intranet.

Becky Harrington, Jill Grams, Mari Jo Lohmeier and Patrick Jirik

New grant funding options posted

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Did you know that the Minnesota 4-H Foundation frequently updates a calendar of available grants just for Minnesota 4-H programs? Well, we do! Take a look at the options we've recently discovered and let us know if you're interested in applying. We're happy to help you find private funding for the great programs offered in your area!

Erin Kelly-Collins

Minnesota 4-H Foundation

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