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Lake County 4-H youth learn to lead at BLU

Photo courtesy of Tracey Anderson.

On Feb. 22-23, eight local kids and two adult chaperones attended the annual 4-H Building Leadership and Understanding conference in Duluth. The Lake County youth delegation was comprised of Danielle Miller, Alexis Hanson, Andi Magnuson, Katarina Hanson, Kortney Kuehl, Carly Twining, Audrey Hanson, and Sarah Swartout. The chaperones from Lake County were Viola Hanson and Tracey Anderson.

This year’s conference theme was, “The Diamond Within.” Fun, engaging activities guided participants in exploring self-awareness, learning about their personalities and determining how these insights can help them work more effectively with others. Plenty of time was also dedicated to meeting new friends.

4-H is a youth development program of the University of Minnesota Extension. Available to youth grades k-1 year after high school, 4-Hers participate in hands-on learning experiences such as STEM, citizenship & leadership, animal science, creative arts and much more. Through this unique learn-by-doing process, youth obtain essential life skills such as problem solving, decision making, coping and communication, all of which help them succeed in school, college, community and career.

To learn more about 4-H in Lake County, contact 4-H Program Coordinator Tracey Anderson, at 218-834-8379 and visit the website at