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Emily Scheuler of Raymond signs up as a Facebook friend to the new Princess Kay of the Milky Way Thursday at the Minnesota State Fair. She was one of the princess finalists, as was Chelsey Fast of Bigham Lake, who in the background works her way through a milk shake. Don Davis/Minn. State Capitol Bureau

Minnesota 4-H grows even in tough time

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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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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.