County News

April 29, 2014

Families from throughout Northeast Iowa made their way to Calmar on Thursday, April 24, to experience the second annual Northeast Iowa Family STEM Festival on the Northeast Iowa Community College Campus.   The STEM Festival offered the more than 500 students, parents, teachers and guests in attendance a unique opportunity to explore the wonders of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) through hands-on experiments and activities provided. Iowa’s 4-H program has a long standing tradition of STEM inclusion in its programming.

April 25, 2014

Members of the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach 4-H program in Northeast Iowa recently completed the second year of a two year citizenship program and visited Washington DC.  Participants have been meeting on a monthly basis to learn more about citizenship and the role that government plays in their daily lives. While in Washington DC the group volunteered at DC Kitchens and prepared over 5000 meals to be served in homeless shelters and schools. Additionally the 4-H members prepared summer packages for homeless people to help them with the struggles that the summer heat can bring for them. In the first year of the program participants travel to the State Capitol and learn about local, county and state level government.

January 19, 2014

A new and innovative partnership between county extension councils and Iowa State University Extension to Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR) will expand duties for two local Extension staff members.

November 22, 2013

Over 225 people attended the annual 4-H Pizzazz Night at Johnson’s Reception Hall in Elkader on Sunday, November 17. The year-end celebration honored both 4-H club members and adult volunteers. A spaghetti supper was held prior to the awards program as a county fundraiser.

October 16, 2013

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach 4-H volunteers from Allamakee, Howard, Clayton and Winneshiek Counties participated in the New Volunteer Training held at the Postville YMCA on October 12, 2013. Participants in the New Volunteer training learned to enhance their success in delivering the 4-H program and to enrich the volunteer’s experience.

2013 4H Hall of Fame
August 23, 2013

Lendall & Fern Schievelbein of Farmersburg were honored at the 2013 Iowa State Fair as Clayton County 4-H Hall of Fame winners.  Counties select inductees for their exceptional work in contributing to the lives of 4-H members and the overall 4-H program. Many inductees served as club leaders, youth mentors, fair superintendents or fair board members, Iowa State University Extension county council members, county youth council members, fair judges, financial supporters, chaperones or ISU Extension staff members. The inductees have demonstrated dedication, encouragement, commitment and guidance to Iowa’s 4-H’ers through the years.

August 16, 2013

A team of Clayton County 4-H'ers has won the third annual Crop Scouting Competition conducted by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach on August 1. Team members included Sam Hilgerson and Luke Orr from Elkader, Joe Kann from Guttenberg, and Glyn Powell from Strawberry Point. The group was coached by Joe Shirbroun of Farmersburg. The competition was created to increase high school students’ awareness of Iowa agriculture through hands-on learning and teamwork. Students apply integrated pest management principles to corn and soybean scouting experiences as they prepare for and participate in the competition.

August 15, 2013

Clayton County 4-H'ers assembled some of the more than 3600 static exhibit entries judged in the 4-H Exhibits Building at the Iowa State Fair. These 4-H'ers have demonstrated outstanding learning in leadership, citizenship, communication and other topics related to individual goals set by the members.

August 13, 2013

Jayna Felder, Emily Krausand Kaitlin Orr have been recognized for an outstanding exhibits at the Iowa State Fair. Their exhibts were among the 3612 4-H exhibits on display during the 2013 Iowa State Fair.

July 22, 2013

The Clayton County Extension Youth & 4-H Committee has selected 12 new members for the 2013-14 4-H County Council.  These new members will join Jordyn Bolinger, Edgewood; Paul Olinger, Strawberry Point; Autumn Miene, Monona; and Renee Gibney, Elkader to lead and implement the Clayton County 4-H program this coming year.     

monsanto presentation
March 26, 2013

Strawberry Point farmer Gary Bockenstedt has been selected a winner in “America’s Farmers Grow Communities,” a project sponsored by Monsanto. On March 25, Kelly Holthaus, a representative of Monsanto presented checks on Bockenstedt’s behalf to the Clayton County Fair Board and Lodomillo Leaders 4-H Club.

March 21, 2013

Iowa State University Extension’s 4-H volunteers from Clayton County participated in training on March 19 where they learned how to put the Experiential Learning Model to work in their clubs. This training is part of ISU Extension and Outreach’s 4-H Youth Development annual training for volunteers.

Regional Youth Retreat
March 19, 2013

With a steady eye on growing the 4-H program, Youth Development committees from Allamakee, Clayton, Chickasaw, Fayette, Howard and Winneshiek counties met on March 12 in Calmar.  Participants focused on four major themes: youth/adult partnerships, program development, structure and organization and professional development. 

March 12, 2013

Expanding knowledge of state government and communicating with legislators in Des Moines was the focus of the March 6 visit to the Iowa State Capitol by twenty-eight 4-H’ers and nine adults  representing Chickasaw, Clayton and Fayette Counties.  

Clayton Ridge FFI
October 25, 2012

The Northeast Iowa 4-H FFI Regional Leadership Team met in West Union on October 18 with their FFI 4-H Coaches and County Youth Coordinators. Fifteen schools were represented and youth participated in a local food tour to Rolling Hills Greenhouse, prepared a youth FEEST, learned more about the national changes to school lunch menus and were given a communication challenge.

October 5, 2012

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach 4-H staff and volunteers participated in a GEAR TECH 21 training. GEAR TECH 21 is a science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) robotics curriculum that teaches students ages 9-14 about building, programming, testing and using global positioning systems to operate robots.

August 23, 2012

Delores Schultz of McGregor was honored at the 2012 Iowa State Fair as Clayton County 4-H Hall of Fame winner.  She has been active in 4-H for nearly 70 years.   Delores was a 4-H leader for 27 years and still is very supportive of the program.

August 17, 2012

Molly Andersen, a member of the Jefferson Go Hawks 4-H Club  received one of the 42 photography medals for an outstanding 4-H photography exhibit sponsored by The Professional Photographers of Iowa. Molly’s photograph of Mount Rushmore was exhibited in the 4-H Exhibits Building at the 2012 Iowa State Fair.

August 15, 2012

Melissa Heims of Edgewood earned the Iowa State Fair’s Top 10 Percent Award in Fashion Revueduring the 2012 State Fair 4-H Awardrobe Clothing Event.  Also participating from Clayton County were Rachel Moser, Colesburg, Haley Bergan, Edgewood and Ryan Moser Colesburg. The 4-H Awardrobe Clothing Event consists of three categories: Clothing Selection,  Fashion Revue,  and The $15 Challenge.

County 4-H Council
July 13, 2012

The Clayton County Extension Youth & 4-H Committee is pleased to announce the new members for the 2012-13 4-H County Council. 4-H members selected were Jordyn Bolinger, Edgewood; Brianna Achenbach, Garnavillo; Patrick Palmersheim, Strawberry Point; Dalton Bergan, Edgewood; Chelsea Curran, St. Olaf; Paul Olinger, Strawberry Point; Autumn Miene, Monona; Melissa Heims, Edgewood; and Renee Gibney, Elkader.

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