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Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • Polk County Commissioners: 4-H youth learn, grow on D.C. trip

  • 33 Polk County 4-H’ers heading to State Fair
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  •     Four Polk County 4-H youth members recently took an educational trip to Washington D.C. to learn about leadership, citizenship and, of course, see the sights.    
        Program Coordinator Kristie Johnson and youth members Mary Welin of Fosston and Hannah Rolf of McIntosh presented to the Board of Commissioners this week with a slideshow and discussion of what they learned and saw. (Not present were Nick Donarski of Fisher and Gina Balstad of Fosston)   
        As Welin and Rolf took the board through picture slides of famous sites like the Arlington National Cemetery, Air Force Museum and Mount Vernon, Welin boasted "We even got to see George Washington's teeth."       
        "His feet?" asked District 4 Commissioner Warren Affeldt.
        "No. His teeth," answered a giggling Welin.    
        The rest of the board members had to take a minute to have a good chuckle.    
        After a few more slides, Johnson stepped in to say, "Besides all the fun, the kids really did some educational things. They learned how to write action plans and tried to bring back ideas of how they can make their community better."    
        There were 55 youth from Minnesota that made the trip to the nation's capital. Examples of their duties while visiting Washington, D.C. included bill writing and handling crop insurance.    
        "I'm glad to see 4-H progressing," said Affeldt.    
        Johnson mentioned that Welin and Rolf would be going to the state fair this week along with 33 others from Polk County.    
        "That's a lot of kids," said District 5 Commissioner Don Diedrich. "Good luck to you all."    
        When asked by Diedrich what their favorite part was or the most interesting sight they saw while on their trip, the girls replied, "Maybe seeing the Holocaust Museum or Mount Vernon. They were both pretty powerful."
        

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