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OSAGE | The Mitchell County 4-H Award Night was held at the Cedar River Complex Events Center in Osage, on Sunday, Nov. 18 with over 250 4-H members and families in attendance. Presiding over the event were the 2018-2019 County Council members.

Dale Anderson, Osage, was initiated as the Mitchell County Honorary 4-H member. Dale began his 4-H career as a 4-Her in Dekalb County, Illinois, where he had projects involving sheep, cattle and a static exhibit devoted to knots. More recently, Dale served as a leader for the Osage Warhawks 4-H Club for over 19 years, while his four children were involved in 4-H. The initiation was performed by the Osage High Towers 4-H Club.

Banner 4-H Club Certificates were presented to four clubs - St. Ansgar Believers, Osage Warhawks, Stacyville Shooting Stars and the West Lincoln Blues. Participation in 4-H activities, completion of the year's work and service to the community are a few of the items contributing to a club's score to qualify as a Banner 4-H Club.

Community Service Awards sponsored by the 4-H & Youth Committee were presented to the following clubs - Mitchell County Outlaws, Osage High Towers, Osage Warhawks, St. Ansgar Believers, Stacyville Shooting Stars and the West Lincoln Blues.

A total of 77 Junior Achievement awards and 107 intermediate and senior project awards were presented.

These awards were presented by Kari Schwarting, representing the Mitchell County 4-H Foundation.

Members of the Mitchell County 4-H Record Book Task Force evaluated award applications and materials. Audrey Christensen, June Weis, Lisa Emerson, Karla Jenssen, Carol Mack and Kirk & Linda Phelps served on the 4-H Record Book Task Force.

Top Record Book Award winners for superior record keeping skills selected were Erik Gerdts, Azure Christensen and Lauren Bork.

Overall Senior 4-H Achievement Awards were received by the following 4-H’ers:

Ak-Sar-Ben: Sarah Phelps, St. Ansgar.

Agriculture: Brecken Huisman, Stacyville; Hannah Koch, Osage and Garrett Meitner, Osage.

Citizenship: Corin Johanns, Osage; Hannah Koch, Osage; Josiah Meier, Osage; Noah Michels, Osage; Sarah Phelps, St. Ansgar and Victoria Schwarting, Osage.

4-H Experience: Lauren Bork, St. Ansgar; Josiah Meier, Osage; Victoria Schwarting, Osage and Andrew Thyer, Osage.

Leadership: Lauren Bork, St. Ansgar; Brecken Huisman, Stacyville; Corin Johanns, Osage; Garrett Meitner, Osage; Noah Michels, Osage and Andrew Thyer, Osage.

Brecken Huisman-Buringrud of Stacyville, was the winner of the annual all-expense paid North Iowa Chicago Youth Award Trip. The award was sponsored by the Mitchell County 4-H Foundation and the Mitchell County 4-H & Youth Committee Ribbon Fund. Winners will travel to Chicago with other North Iowa 4-H’ers over the Thanksgiving weekend.

Award of the Clover

Mitchell County 4-H leaders and 4-H & Youth Committee members were honored for their years of service to the 4-H program.

The 4-H "Award of the Clover" is given to volunteers for each five years of service. Donors for the award include the Iowa 4-H Foundation and the Iowa State University Extension & Outreach.

Recipients of the award this year included: 5 Years – Kim Popp and Joe Miller and 10 Years – Beth Marcks and Allison Kruse.

Kirk Phelps and Karla Jenssen, Mitchell County Extension Council members, presented the awards.

National Leadership Award Recipients

Garrett Meitner and Corin Johanns, of Osage, have been awarded the American Youth Foundation’s National Leadership Award in recognition of personal integrity, balanced living and potential for leadership.

In addition to a Certificate of Recognition, Garrett and Corin received a copy of Mr. Danforth's inspirational book, I Dare You!

Sponsors for the Mitchell County 4-H Award event included the Mitchell County Farm Bureau, the Mitchell County Cattlemen, the Mitchell County Ag Society and the Mitchell County 4-H Foundation & Youth Committee. A donation was also given by Subway, Farm Credit Services of America and the Home Trust and Savings Bank.

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