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KARE-11: "Brokenhearted farmer donates $4 million farm to 4-H"

The love story of Curt Chergosky and Andrea Ruesch has now been heard around the world. Please watch "Brokenhearted farmer donates $4 million farm to 4-H," a "Land of 10,000 Stories" story by reporter Boyd Huppert. KARE-11 called the donation "a gift for the ages."

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Additional background:
This spring, the Minnesota 4-H Foundation accepted a planned gift of farmland in southwestern Minnesota given in memory of a former Jackson County 4-H program coordinator. Curt Chergosky of rural Lakefield has designated the 400-acre gift to honor his late fianc├ę, Andrea Ruesch, who died suddenly in 2009 after blood clots formed in her heart. Andrea is remembered for her boundless passion for 4-H and devotion to youth, as well as her positivity and enthusiasm for working with people and community organizations.

The donation eventually will be split among three funds held with the Minnesota 4-H Foundation: the Minnesota 4-H Foundation Agricultural Endowment; the Andrea Ruesch Jackson County Endowment; and the Andrea Ruesch 4-H Scholarship Endowment, which supports post-secondary scholarships for youth in nine counties in southwest Minnesota.

The Andrea Ruesch Jackson County endowment and scholarship fund were established four years ago with gifts from Mr. Chergosky and Andrea's parents, Leonard and Marjorie Ruesch.

The 4-H Foundation's agricultural endowment is a newly established fund. Its goals include increased youth participation in 4-H animal science and agriculture, new curriculum and project development, and support of 4-H youth attendance at state and national learning opportunities. It will also provide opportunities for youth to learn about agriculture-related jobs as the United States faces a shortage of agricultural scientists.

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