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In Youth Teaching Youth, 4-H teens help younger students build the skills to make wise choices when they confront issues including internet safety, alcohol and other substances. In the April 13 edition, St. Paul Pioneer Press reporter Mary Divine takes a look at how 4-H'ers bring this program to life in Washington County.

No the matter level of household income, committing to saving can help individuals and families gain better control of their finances. During America Saves Week, the University of Minnesota Extension offers these steps to help make saving achievable.

About one-half of Minnesota residents vacation in the state, and 78 percent said they plan to spend as much or more of their money on leisure travel in 2015 as they did 2014, a new survey by the University of Minnesota Tourism Center reveals.

For the second year, the number of lenders sending notices under Minnesota's Farmer-Lender Mediation program was lower than at any other point in nearly a decade. The overall amount of debt taken to mediation also decreased.

September marks the 11th annual National Preparedness Month. This annual event, led by FEMA, encourages individuals to take appropriate steps towards emergency preparedness for all hazards.

While all hazards are important to prepare for, weather related disasters are particularly impactful in this region. Whether it is a tornado or flood, families should have a plan for what to do in the event of a natural disaster.

Recently, Star Tribune reporter Jennifer Brooks visited a group of 8- and 9-year olds who call themselves "the 4-H Awesome Mustaches." The kids earned a trip to the Minnesota State Fair by winning the 4-H Engineering Design Challenge at the Ramsey County fair with their Rube Goldberg machine. They are featured in her Aug. 17 story Change is an annual tradition at state fair. To get an even better idea of the kids' Rube Goldberg project, watch the Star Tribune video A different 4-H at the fair.

Herbicide resistance in weeds is far from a new concept to University of Minnesota Extension agronomists, who have been conducting research and education on it for three decades. But it is an increasingly challenging issue for crop producers. Recently, Star Tribune reporter Tom Meersman spent several hours with Extension weed scientist Jeff Gunsolus to better understand science behind the problem, and on Aug. 2, published this story.

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