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October 16, 2009

Junior Master Gardeners pilot project has ended. New beginnings for the Great Green Gardeners?

Our pilot project has concluded. For our last meeting we harvested the pumpkins we grew and painted them with funny faces. We delivered them with some Halloween treats to a Brainerd area senior center. We had a great time!

Plans are in the making to keep our 4-H Great Green Gardeners club going for 2010. Share your ideas with us on what you would like in a gardening project club. Thoughts on the table are:

Container gardening for fruits and vegetables
Native plants garden
Growing plants from saved seeds
Making our own compost
Learning new ways to extend the growing season in our cold, cold climate

Please let us know your ideas!

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October 8, 2009

Study: 4-H sparks science achievement in children

Study: 4-H sparks science achievement in children
By MARK PRATT (AP) - 4 days ago

BOSTON -- American universities have an ally in their efforts to educate more students in science, technology and engineering and keep the nation competitive in the global economy, a Tufts University study released Wednesday shows.

Children involved in 4-H perform better in those subjects and are more likely to pursue science careers, according to the study, released Wednesday in conjunction with 4-H National Youth Science Day.

"When parents ask, 'What can I do to get my kid a leg up?,' getting them involved in 4-H turns out to be a very effective strategy," said Richard Lerner, director of the Institute for Applied Research in Youth Development at Tufts and lead researcher for the multiyear study.

The latest phase of study looked at more than 1,300 tenth-graders who participated in 4-H programs and nearly 800 who didn't. The research was commissioned by the National 4-H Council and funded by corporations that sponsor the organization. 4-H said an advisory board helps ensure the study is conducted independently.

The report also found that children involved for a longer time experienced more benefits, and that girls benefited more from 4-H participation than boys, though the reason was unclear.

"We're not saying 4-H is the formula to get your kids into Tufts University," Lerner said, adding that parents, mentors and other youth development programs also play critical roles. "What we're saying is greater doses of 4-H give your kid an advantage."

Angelina Mangiardi, 15, a high school sophomore from Pittsfield, Mass., has taken part in 4-H programs for six years and attended a 4-H Science Engineering and Technology camp this summer at the University of Massachusetts, where she studied rocketry.

"4-H has helped me be involved in different things, so I can figure out what I want," she said. "I do like the sciences."

Tyler Crager, 13, an eighth-grader from Whitman, Mass., also attended the camp. He learned astrophotography, visited a planetarium and "investigated bugs and stuff" in an entomology lab. Tyler said he is considering science as a career and is particularly interested in forensics.

Plenty of evidence shows that students learn a lot outside the classroom, including at after-school programs like 4-H, said Dr. Francis Eberle, executive director of the National Science Teachers Association.

The 4-H focus on science and technology lines up with the century-old organization's original mission of bringing scientific developments in farming to rural areas, said Don Floyd, national 4-H president.

"This challenge we have as a country of not producing enough scientists is a big deal," Floyd said.

He pointed out that the U.S. lags behind China and Japan and Germany, "where about 60 percent of their graduates are science majors, and we're doing about 30 percent," he said.

The 6 million 4-H members, about half of whom live in urban areas, study alternative energy, robotics, engineering and computer technology.

Previously published findings of the Tufts study have shown that 4-H participants are nearly two times more likely to get better grades in school and nearly two times more likely to plan to go to college.

They are also 41 percent less likely to engage in risky behaviors.

Associated Press Writer Bob Salsberg in Boston contributed to this report.

Copyright © 2009 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

Shooting Sports and Wildlife Management - October 2009

CROW WING COUNTY 4-H Shooting Sports/Wildlife Project Info
October 2009 - 10th Edition
Submitted by Joy Ruzich, SS/W Volunteer

This year's 4-H State Shooting Sports/Wildlife Invitational was held in East Bethel. Competition was tough with 800 youth participating from all over Minnesota.

  • Crow Wing County had 14 youth participate in the event: Kaelyn Spencer - archery & skillathon; Dalton Schreier - archery; Sam Guida - archery, skillathon & trap; David Schroeder - archery & air pistol; Abbie Burley - air pistol; Laura Halvorson - archery; Hanna Ruzich - archery, skillathon & trap; Marissa Spencer- skillathon & trap; Chad Lease -trap; Jenna Ruzich - .22, air rifle, skillathon & trap; Alyssa Burley - archery; Sierra Edwards - archery; Sheridan Wilson - BB gun; Joe Beltran - archery.

  • The Conservation Exhibit for the State Shoot was presented by Sam, Dalton and David. It was on the Bog Walk that took place at Guida's. Thanks guys for volunteering to be presenters and thank you Guida's for hosting the bog walk.

  • We had one winner this year: Jenna Ruzich in the senior division of the Skillathon receiving a 10th place certificate; proving that it does help to be a knowledgeable shooter. Way to go Jenna!

  • Thank you to all the volunteer instructors in the Shooting Sports/Wildlife program: John Guida, Kim Spencer, Clarence Spencer, Roger Schroeder, Lindsey Raddatz, Frank Ruzich, and Bernhard Warling
    Things are looking good for next year as we have secured some money through fundraisers and donations in the month of August. If you helped in anyway...baked bars to organizing an event ....Thank you so much !!!!

    It is time to enroll for your club and projects. This year when signing up for the Shooting Sports/Wildlife project; remember to check which disciplines you are interested in. Choices are air pistol, air rifle, archery, shotgun, BB gun and .22. Enrollment Forms are due into the Crow Wing County Office by November 15.


  • A club made up of youth and adult volunteers who have signed up for the Shooting Sports/Wildlife Project on their enrollment forms

  • A new and growing club of girls and boys

  • Meetings are for youth and ran by youth

  • Meetings are held 6 times per year, bi-monthly, on even numbered months on the third Monday. This year's tentative dates are Oct. 19; Dec. 21; Feb. 15; April 19; June 21; Aug. 16. The club normally meets from 6:30-8:30 at Gander Mountain.

  • Wildlife activities/presentations at each meeting (meets ½ hour of State Shoot requirements)

  • If you are interested in being a member of the Hot Shots Shooting Sports/Wildlife Project Club write it in on your Enrollment Form, next to your primary club. You can be a member of more than one club.

  • Election of officers will take place at the next meeting October 19, 6:30-8:30 at Gander Mountain.

  • A nomination committee will be calling active members to ask if you would like to be placed on a ballot for election. If you do not get a call, but would like to run for an office, please contact Nancy Schroeder at 218-568-6676 nwclw@tds.net or Jenna Ruzich at 218-829-7202 ruzich@brainerd.net

  • The club will also be celebrating our 1 year anniversary!!!!! Cake and refreshments will be served along with a Silent Auction (with all proceeds from the event to go in the clubs treasury)

  • New or like new items with a value of $20.00 or less can be donated for the Silent Auction. Please tag item with a minimum bid and arrange drop off location with Joy Ruzich 218-829-7207 ruzich@brainerd.net or Marissa Spencer 218-316-4187 ckmkspencer@yahoo.com

  • Club charters are due November 1. Please bring treasure's yearly report and secretary minutes from the past year to the next meeting.

  • Over the past several years the SS/W PDC has paid for and supplied t-shirts to all youth and instructors participating in the State Shoot. This year a request was made for all past shooters to return shirts if they were no longer using them. This has helped the PDC immensely by saving approx. $150 in new shirts. The PDC will determine how they would like to proceed with State Shoot shirts in the coming years.

  • Thank you to all who returned shirts for the new shooters to wear at this years MN State Shoot!!

  • Instructors - please return all fair ground keys and Instructor Manuals to Joy by the end of Oct.

  • October 5, 2009

    State Dog Show 2009

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    Row one
    Jennifer Hendrickson, Natasha Gallett, Erin Butler, Cheyenne Wilson,
    Sheridan Wilson

    Row two
    Seth Kreutzfeldt, Sarah Virnig, Danielle Palmer

    2009 State 4-H Dog Show Results - Crow Wing County

    Score (Obedience and Rally Classes Only)

    Butler, Erin
    Agility - Senior [16, 20 in.] - All Grades Blue
    Obedience-Four Dog Team Blue 171.00
    Rally - Novice - Grades 11-13 Blue 94.00
    Rally - Pre-Novice - Grades 9-13 Blue 94.00
    Showmanship - Open - Gr. 12-13 Blue

    Gallett, Natasha
    Agility - Elementary [4, 8, 12 in.] - Gr. 9-13 Awd of Excellence
    Obedience - Graduate Beginner - Gr. 9-10 Blue 179.00
    Obedience-Four Dog Team Blue 171.00
    Showmanship - Open - Gr. 10 Blue

    Hendrickson, Jennifer
    Agility - Elementary [16, 20 in.] - Gr. 4-8 Awd of Excellence
    Agility - Jumpers 1 [16, 20 in.] - Gr. 4-8 Awd of Excellence
    Obedience - Novice - Gr. 7-8 Red 168.00
    Obedience-Four Dog Team Blue 171.00

    Kreutzfeldt, Seth
    Obedience - Brace - Gr. 4-8 Red 167.00
    Rally - Pre-Novice - Grades 6-8 Blue 90.00
    Showmanship - Novice - Gr. 7-8 Blue

    Palmer, Danielle
    Obedience - Beginner B - Gr. 7-8 Red 148.00

    Virnig, Sarah
    Agility - Jumpers 1 [4, 8, 12 in.] - Gr. 4-8 Awd of Excellence
    Obedience - Beginner B - Gr. 7-8 Blue 188.00
    Obedience - Brace - Gr. 4-8 Reserve Champion 192.00
    Obedience - Graduate Novice - Gr. 4-8 Red 150.00
    Rally - Pre-Advanced - Grades 4-8 White 58.00
    Rally - Pre-Novice - Grades 6-8 Awd of Excellence 84.00
    Showmanship - Open - Gr. 7 Blue

    Wilson, Cheyenne
    Agility - Elementary [16, 20 in.] - Gr. 4-8 Red
    Agility - Jumpers 2 [16, 20 in.] - Gr. 4-8 Blue
    Obedience - Novice - Gr. 7-8 Red 152.00
    Obedience-Four Dog Team Blue 171.00
    Rally - Novice - Grades 7-8 Blue 92.00
    Showmanship - Open - Gr. 8 Blue

    Wilson, Sheridan
    Obedience - Graduate Beginner - Gr. 4-5 Awd of Excellence 190.00
    Rally - Novice - Grades 4-6 White 56.00
    Showmanship - Novice - Gr. 4 Awd of Excellence

    Black Bear Club

    The Black Bear 4-H Club participates in several Community Service projects each year. Some are geared towards assisting the community on a one time basis and others fit the criteria of a service-learning project.

    The Heritage Garden Community Service-Learning Project is going into it's sixth year. We started with a bare piece of ground and now have several colorful gardens filled with "antique" perennials and annuals like our great grandmothers might have grown.

    Through this project, club members have learned about soil, mulch, roots, starting seeds, and taking cuttings of plants to keep over winter. Most importantly they've learned responsibility. If you don't water the garden when it's your turn, plants could die! This year's goal for the garden was met in September when we built a rustic arbor over the walkway we made two years ago.

    A continuing service-learning project such as this gives youth and adults associated with it a feeling of accomplishment and ownership. Stop by the Pioneer Village in Nisswa next summer and see how our gardens grow!

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