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A trio of Pipestone County 4-H'ers wait in line at the Minnesota State Fair for their sheep to be inspected. From left are Jadon Evans, Devin Gorter and Carton Johnson. photographer Don Davis / Minn. State Capitol Bureau

Minnesota 4-H grows even in tough time

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FALCON HEIGHTS, Minn. - Karen Dvergsten reflected on the meaning of 4-H amid noisy sheep at the Minnesota State Fair.

It is more than the literal meaning of 4-H: head, heart, hands and health.


"It is very important for building a work ethic," the Roseau County woman said. It adds to a youth's self esteem.

And, the teacher from Greenbush said, "it's a hands-on education for the kids."

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.