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Emmet County 4-Hers receive year’s awards

Alumni Awards go to Kinnander and Richard

November 29, 2013
By Michael Tidemann - Staff Writer , Estherville News

GRUVER - Emmet County 4-Hers accepted their awards Sunday night at the Forest Ridge School Auditorium.

Dr. Arlyn Omtvedt of Estherville Veterinary Clinic received the Friends of 4-H Award.

"We would like to take this opportunity to recognize the Estherville Veterinary Clinic for all that they do for the Emmet County 4-H program," said Madison Irmiter in presenting the award. "Their guidance with issues and rules that arise for Emmet County 4-H'ers before or during the Emmet County Fair have been essential to the fair's success over the years. Dr. Omtvedt's willingness to serve as Emmet County Fair vet, along with completing all required paperwork, tests and inspections has been much appreciated over the years. The past, present, and future support that the Estherville Veterinary Clinic's staff gives to the 4-H program in Emmet County is seen throughout the county. We congratulate you for being selected the 2013 Friends of 4-H in Emmet County. Thank you."

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Madison Irmiter presented the Friend of 4-H Award to Dr. Arlyn Omtvedt of Estherville Veterinary Clinic. Find more award winner pictures on Page 11A of today’s Estherville News.
Photo by Michael Tidemann

Two people - Helen Kinnander and Keith Richard - were recognized with the 4-H Alumni Award.

"Our first Emmet County 4-H Alumni Award Winner for 2013 is Helen Kinnander," said Hannah Creech in presenting the award. "She was a member of Emmet County 4-H as a youth and enjoyed cooking, sewing and refinishing furniture. Over the years she has been an active volunteer with the 4-H program, helping with the 4-H Clubs that her children and grandchildren were members of, setting up achievement shows and working on club booths. Her sewing expertise has been shared with many 4-Her's over the years. She also has helped with several sewing workshops for youth from around the county and she judges the quilts at the fair to present the Prairie Star Quilt Guild award each year. It is great to have lifetime 4-H volunteers like you, Helen, who are willing and excited to help youth gain skills that they can use the rest of their lives. We appreciate all you've done, Helen."

"Our second Emmet county 4-H Alumni Award Winner for 2013 is Keith Richard," said Jaycie Eaton in presenting the award. "As a youth, Keith was an active member of the Ellsworth Ever Ready 4-H Club and enjoyed show swine. As an adult Keith has been giving back to the 4-H program in many ways. He was a member of the swine committee and now is the superintendent. He is a member of the Emmet County Auction Committee and Emmet County Extension Council. His passion for helping youthy learn through 4-H, especially in the swine project area, has been an important asset to Emmet County 4-H. Thanks, Keith."

Two persons were recognized as Honorary 4-H Members - Donna Probst and Teresa Olson.

"Our first Emmet County Honorary 4-H Member Award Winner for 2013 is Donna Probst," said Jenna McCoy, in presenting the award. "She has been a 4-H parent for many years and enjoyed watching her kids grow and learn in 4-H. Donna has also been a leader of the Ellsworth Go-Getters 4-H Club for several years. Getting to know the 4-H members in her club and seeing how they learn and have fun in 4-H are things that Donna really enjoys. She is always willing to lend a hand wherever needed. Thank you, Donna, for your dedication and passion for the 4-H program."

"Our final 2013 Honorary 4-H Club Member Award recipient is Teresa Olson, said Rebecca Lair, presenting the award. "She has been helping with the horse project area in Emmet County for many years. She has brought education to the horse practices in the summer and is willing to help any 4-Her's with their equine questions at any time. Teresa recently helped organize and lead a new 4-H club called the "Horsin' Around" 4-H Club in Emmet County. She loves seeing the kids interact with the horses and get involved with the 4-H program. Teresa has also served as a member of the Emmet County Extension Council and Emmet County 4-H Foundation Committee. Thank you, Teresa, for your many years of making the best better in Emmet County 4-H."

Leaders were also recognized for years of service.

Doug Hansen, Caryle Hansen and Gary Myers were recognized for leading the Center Champions 4-H Club for five years.

Ole Enderson was recognized for helping lead the Emmet County Shooting Sports project groups for the past five years.

Patti Paulson was recognized for leading the Iowa Lake 4-Her's 4-H Club for the past 15 years.

Retiring leaders were also recognized. They included Heidi Origer and Donna Probst who led the Ellsworth Go-Getters 4-H Club for six years.

Steve and Dee Jensen led the Jack Creek Feeders 4-H Club for 11 years.

Bruce Chrestiansen led the Twelve Mile Lakers 4-H Club for 27 years.

Senior award winners included:

n Gene Rullestad Awards for Achievement and Merit - Chase Paulson, Gretchen Probst.

n Emmet County 4-H Danforth "I Dare You" awards and 4-H Foundation $250 Scholarships - Allison Buum, Rebecca Lair.

n Melvin and Irene Neppl $500 Scholarship - Rebecca Boyer, Brianna Enerson, Kyle Marks, Chase Paulson and Gretchen Probst.

n Holle Smith $300 Scholarship - Kyle Marks.

n Star Achievements were:

n Center Champions - Bronze Star Award.

n Ellsworth Go-Getters - Gold Star Award.

n Emmet County Highflyers - Gold Star Award.

n High Lakers - Silver Star Award.

n Horsin' Around - Silver Star Award.

n Iowa Lake 4-Her's - Gold Star Award.

n Jack Creek Feeders - Bronze Star Award.

n Lincoln Handy Helpers - Silver Star Award.

n Twelve Mile Lakers - Gold Star Award.



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