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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.

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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Mark Seeley, Extension climatologist, summarizes his climate outlook for the 2014 growing season in Minnesota.

In 2014, Extension marks a special milestone, the 100th anniversary of the federal Smith-Lever Act. This act, signed on May 8, 1914, created the national Cooperative Extension Service and the partnership between the U.S. Department of Agriculture and land-grant universities that extend research-based outreach and education.

Jobs in the STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) are growing three times faster than other industries, but only 5 percent of U.S. students get their undergraduate degree in science and engineering. Hands-on experiences in 4-H STEM set Minnesota youth on a path to continued learning in college and careers.

University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardeners complete rigorous training to provide gardening education to their communities. Last year, these volunteers gave 130,000 hours of service, a public value worth more than $2.5 million. Their efforts benefit schools, community gardens, youth programs, the environment, farmers markets, and much more.

An example of this is the "My Little Green Friends" project, a partnership between Ramsey County Master Gardeners and Children's Hospital & Clinics of Minnesota.

New technologies available to dairy farmers are changing the way milk is produced on many U.S. dairy farms.

"Precision dairy is the name used to describe several different areas of innovation on dairy farms. The thing all of the various new tools have is that they increase efficiency in milk production," says Marcia Endres, University of Minnesota Extension Dairy Scientist.

Robotic milkers, individual cow sensors, automated calf feeders and inline parlor technologies are some of these innovations.

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