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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. Photo by Don Davis, St. Paul Capitol Bureau.

Minnesota 4-H grows even in tough times

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By Don Davis

St. Paul Capitol Bureau

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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