Dawes County 4-H Newsletter

April 2016


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National Volunteer Week - April 10-16, 2016

National Volunteer Week is a great time to recognize our amazing volunteers who are making a difference in the lives of our youth each and every day. These generous people are shining examples of how everyone has the power to improve lives and strengthen communities. Without the selfless service of volunteers, the 4-H program could not exist. Nebraska Extension Dawes County THANKS YOU for your service.

If you would like to become a 4-H Volunteer, visit the Nebraska 4-H website at: http://4h.unl.edu/volunteer. We also welcome you to stop in our office and find out all the great opportunities to fit your interests and availability.


Dawes County is very proud to have TWO National 4-H Congress Delegates - Jake Lemmon in Communications & Expressive Arts and Chance Snook in Environmental Education. Lemmon was also one of 23 applicants to receive a $1000 travel scholarship. These young men will be representing Nebraska in Atlanta, Georgia, from November 25-29.

National 4-H Congress is an award program which provides recognition to 4-H youth for their outstanding performances and achievements in 4-H. It is held annually and its purpose is to:
  • provide youth a high quality, relevant educational and cross cultural experiences not otherwise obtainable within the state.
  • provide an experience focused on current themes of high interest to youth.
  • respond to the diversity of needs and program priorities from state to state.
  • create a learning environment comfortable for youth coming from diverse backgrounds and program experiences.
  • involve youth as full partners in planning, implementing and leading the program.
  • "salute" the contributions that youth currently do and make in their communities now and in the future.
  • enhance visibility for the 4-H youth development program and Extension.

For more information on how you can start your Career Portfolio or ways to improve your current portfolio, stop by the Extension Office or go online and download the form at: http://4h.unl.edu/careerportfolio. YOU could be the next Nebraska Delegate to National 4-H Congress!


Jeff Kurrus to Speak at CSC on April 4

Writer/Photographer Jeff Kurrus, editor of NebraskaLand Magazine, will be visiting the Chadron area from April 4-7 to discuss his profession with students. LOCAL 4-H FAMILIES have been invited to attend a special speaking engagement on Monday, April 4, 7 pm, at Sandoz Center on CSC Campus. He will also be signing his children’s books, The Tale of Jacob Swift and Have You Seen Mary? Books may be purchased at a special price in advance for signing. Visit Jeff's website: haveyouseenmary.com for more information. Thank you Chris Fankhauser for this information and opportunity.

Sizzle Up with Grill Master: April 5-26

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Horse Judge's Training on May 17

The North Panhandle Extension will be hosting a Horse Judge's Training on Tuesday, May 17, at the Dawes County Extension Office Conference Room from 6-8 pm. This is open to current horse show judges, potential judges or coaches/volunteers. Youth are also invited to attend. Cost is $20/adult and $10/youth with pre-registration due on May 10. Extension Specialists Lena Luck and Kathy Anderson will be conducting the workshop. Topics will include: Ranch Horse Pleasure, Western Horsemanship, Judging ethics and resources. The judge's exam will be offered at the completion of the workshop to those wanting to renew or become a NE 4-H Horse Show judge. A registration form is available in the office or on our 4-H website.

Babysitting Basics: July 5-7

Youth 12 and older, interested in babysitting, are invited to attend Babysitting Basics, July 5-7, 2016. Participants will learn about:
  • Age development
  • Safety
  • Caring for babies/children
  • How to handle emergencies
  • Building a business
  • They will also be able to take CPR/First Aid classes

Please pre-register by June 27 by calling the Extension Office at 432-3373. Cost to attend is $30 which includes meals, snacks, supplies, and CPR/First Aid Certification.

For more information, contact Leah Gremm.

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Clover Kid Resources

Nebraska 4-H has some great resources for Clover Kids, ages 5-7.

The University of Illinois Extension has a wonderful New 4-H Member Guide available on the 4-H Mall appropriate for youth ages 5-8. We have a copy in the office if you would like to view it. It may be purchased online for $6.95.

Just a reminder, Clover Kids are eligible to enroll in any static project they wish and can exhibit at the fair, participate in the speech contest, fashion show, etc. For animal projects, they are allowed to show in the Clover Kid Showmanship division with an animal under 200 pounds.


2016 Project Resource Central

    The 2016 Project Resource Central Download is available online at:


    Curriculum changes to note:

    • New financial literacy curriculum
    • New career development curriculum
    • New landscape design curriculum
    • Revised entomology curriculum
    • Removal of Take Me Riding project in Clover Kid section

    As more consistency is created across 4-Honline, the State Fair Book and Project Resource Central the following changes have been implemented.

    • Project level identifier changed to match 4-Honline
    • State Fair contests now listed
    • Additional clover kid projects listed

    Copies may also be picked up in the Extension Office.

    4-H T-Shirts Available To Purchase

    The Dawes County 4-H Executive Council purchased a few additional T-shirts in various sizes for those individuals that missed the March 25 deadline. Please contact the office if you would like to reserve your shirt when the order comes in.

    Club & Leader Resources

    In the hopes of making life easier for our club leaders, I have updated our 4-H website with information they will need to stay compliant with Nebraska 4-H Policies & Procedures. All members are encouraged to review these rules. Those links are provided here:

    Nebraska 4-H Club Resources
    Nebraska 4-H Guidelines for Leaders
    Nebraska 4-H Policy & Procedure Handbook

    Nebraska 4-H Council Financial Handbook - TO BE USED FOR CLUB FINANCES TOO!
    4-H Club Tax Exempt Information
    Volunteer Information

    A current list of club leaders is shown below. We are always in need of leaders for special interest clubs (SPIN) including one for the Online Cat Club. Please contact the office if you are interested.


    Bordeaux Trappers - Roger Eaton, Leader (Chadron)
    Corn Valley - Brooke Heine, Leader (Crawford)
    Dawes County Jr. Leaders, Jodi Sellman & Robert Vahrenkamp, Advisors
    Happy Hustlers - Justin & Carey Madsen, Leaders (Chadron)
    Highland Huddlers - Jodi Sellman, Leader (south of Chadron)

    Ponderosa Pals - Bill Cogdill, Leader (Chadron)

    Small Engines - meets all year on Wednesday evenings from 7 to 9 p.m. Roger Eaton Instructor
    Hound Dog U - meets Tuesday evenings from October to November. Professor Roger Eaton Instructor
    Shooting Sports - meets Saturday or Thursday evenings from November to March. Roger Eaton Instructor

    4-H Club of the Month

    The Nebraska 4-H Foundation provide the 4-H Club of the Month program to all Nebraska 4-H clubs throughout the state. Clubs can nominate themselves by telling why their club should be chosen as Club of the Month. A different club will be chosen each month and will be awarded with a certificate and $50 cash card. For more information go to the Nebraska 4-H Foundation website at http://www.ne4hfoundation.org/recogonition or e-mail ne4hclubofthemonth@gmail.com.
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    Needs & Schedule for the 2016 Dawes County Fair

    We have several sponsorships available for the 2016 Dawes County Fair:
    • Champion Cat Showmanship - Junior & Senior
    • Champion Creative Cakes - Junior & Senior
    • Dairy Goat Showmanship - Junior & Intermediate
    • Champion Bottle Lamb

    The NEW Fair Schedule is available on the 4-H website under "Upcoming Events."


    • 4-H Enrollment for Members & Volunteershttps://ne.4honline.com. The process is VERY EASY if you were enrolled last year. There is a "help document" available on our 4-H website: http://extension.unl.edu/statewide/dawes/4h
      Make Checks Payable to Dawes County 4-H Council:
      ($ 3.00 fee) October 1 - June 1;($13.00 fee) June 2 - September 30
    • 4-H Project Enrollment Deadline June 1
    • 4-H Animal Affidavits (ID Sheets) Deadline June 1: Includes Rabbit, Horse, Beef (Market, Breeding Heifer, Feeder Calf), Dairy, Sheep (Market, Breeding), Goat (Market, Breeding, Dairy), and Swine (Market). Be sure to check out the new large animal identification guidelines document available on the 4-H website.
    • Quality Assurance for ALL Market & Breeding Animal Projects Deadline June 1
    • Dog & Cat Vaccination Forms Deadline (if showing at fair) July 15
    • Dawes County Fair Entry Deadline July 15 (without fee)
    • Dawes County Fair LATE Entry Deadline - July 19 (with fee)



    4-H Leadership Program - 7th & 8th Graders: May 25-26

    Nebraska Extension in the Panhandle is launching a special, area-wide 4-H group in the Panhandle and north-central Nebraska to help members in grades 7 and 8 develop leadership skills while meeting other 4-H'ers throughout the region.

    The group is known as Leadership Opportunities for Growth in Nebraska 4-H (LOG N 4-H). A kick-off event is being planned for May 25-26 at the state 4-H camp at Halsey, where members will develop a mission statement, design a group T-shirt, and help create a leadership skill plan. They also will participate in a variety of fun activities designed to build leadership skills and group trust.

    The cost to attend is $25, and applications are due by April 15. To apply, contact our office or check out the application on our website. Application forms were also taken to both Crawford and Chadron Middle School Counselors. Scholarships may be available for applicants who need them, through the Dawes County 4-H Foundation.

    Following the organizational event, LOG N 4-H members will meet with Extension youth staff four times a year: two summer meetings, one meeting in between fall and winter sports, and one between winter and spring sports.

    The main focus will be leadership skills, but the program will also help youth develop skills needed to be successful in college and career paths, such as communication skills, critical thinking skills, and self-confidence.

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    Nebraska Youth Range Camp: June 6-10

    The 53rd Nebraska Youth Range Camp will be held June 6 – 10, 2016 at the Nebraska State 4-H Camp in Halsey. Eligible students need to be between the ages of 14 – 18. There is an online application available this year but applications will also be accepted by mail or email. You can find the forms here: http://www.nesrm.org/YouthRangeCamp.html. You will also be able to find an informational brochure on that same website.

    The new Range Judging rules that will be used this fall will be taught; come and learn it first!! (Ag Instructors are allowed to attend as well if interested in learning more about Range Judging and earning some continuing education credits).

    The Nebraska Youth Range Camp consists of a four-and-a-half day dynamic curriculum that appeals to students with a wide array of interests including, but not limited to, rangeland management, conservation, ecology, animal science, and wildlife. With nearly 50 years to perfect and evolve this curriculum, every student, no matter what prior experience they have, will learn substantial information that will help them become more aware of Nebraska’s most prevalent land use; rangelands.

    The students that attend this camp will be actively involved with field activities, lectures, hand-on experience, and recreational leadership and team-building activities that are all led by up to 20 of Nebraska’s most respected and dedicated leaders, teachers, and professionals from various agencies, colleges, and universities. Each student will be sent home with a binder that is filled with educational materials.

    Financial sponsorship is available! The cost of Range Camp is $325 however, every student that attended last year received a substantial level of sponsorship from local Natural Resource Districts or the Nebraska Grazing Lands Coalition and nobody paid more than $100 to attend and some students attended for free! In Dawes County, contact Sheri Daniels (daniels@unwnrd.org) at 308-432-6190.

    Please direct all other questions to Shelly Kelly (Range Camp Co-Director) at shelly@sandhillstaskforce.org or 308-214-0065.

    Wilderness Wonders - Planetary Adventures: June 7-8

    Wilderness Wonders Camp will be held June 7-8, 2016, at Camp Norwesca. Youth who turned in Career Portfolios in 2015, and fit the age requirements of the camp (3rd - 5th graders in Fall 2016), will be given a $10 discount courtesy of the Dawes County 4-H Council! Registrations will be limited! Forms are available on our 4-H website or in the office.
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    4-H Horse Camp: June 9-11

    The 4-H Horse Camp Planning Committee has been hard at work getting another great experience organized for this summer. Workshops planned include Barrel Basics, Roping 101, Polo Cross, Building Balance and Core Strength through Exercise, Healthy Habits, and optional horse judging and round pen sessions. The craft this year is making a lead rope with snap. Brochures and registration forms are available on the website or in the office. NEW IN 2016 - Camp T-shirts will be available! Deadline to register is May 20!
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    Earth Day Celebration - April 23

    It is time to revitalize Chadron’s Earth Day Celebration on April 23, 2016. This will be a fun day of education, activities and entertainment sponsored by Keep Chadron Beautiful. The community cleanup will also take place in the morning from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., with the Earth Day Celebration from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

    Here are a few of the ways you may choose to participate:

    • Plan and/or supervise an interactive activity or craft
    • Plan and set up an educational booth
    • Plan and organize a bake/food sale
    • Display artwork or projects
    • Donate small prizes for children’s games
    • Participate in the community cleanup, Sweep Chadron Clean

    Please remember that your activity or donation should promote the message of Earth Day – encouraging people to care for and respect our environment, reduce their consumption, promote recycling, etc.

    If you are interested in being a part of Chadron’s Earth Day Celebration, please register online at www.keepchadronbeautiful.org . You can also contact them as 308-432-3805.

    Great Job Happy Hustlers on Participating in Bake & Take Month!

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    Quality Assurance Requirements for Animal Project Members

    • Any 4-H youth, ages 8-18, who are enrolled in a livestock project including: beef, dairy cattle, dairy goat, meat goat, poultry, rabbit, sheep, and swine (including bottle lamb and bucket calf) are required to complete three modules in the Livestock QA Online Course by JUNE 1!
    • Intermediate and Senior age youth may alternatively elect to “test-out.” Practice “test-out” exams are available through the online course, however, the actual test is only administered in the Extension Office. There is no cost to take the test in the office.
    • There is a $5.00 cost for the online course. This cost was initiated to help keep the modules up to date and to defray the cost of providing the course online. The online course may be found at: http://campus.extension.org.
    • Once you are on the site, just go to 4-H & Youth, then LQA (livestock quality assurance).
    • More information is available on the QA website: http://4h.unl.edu/qualityassuranceprogram.

    Horse Update

    Everyone who was enrolled in the 4-H Horse Project in 2015 should have received a "Horseman's Update" through their email with a list of items pertaining to the 4-H Horse Project. A copy of that document is on our website under "Newsletters." Here are some highlights:
    1. Dawes County 4-H will have two new events in the Horse Show for 2016 - Dummy Roping and Breakaway Roping. We will follow the rules outlined in the Horse Show Judging Guide. The 4-H Horse Superintendents have asked that anyone wishing to participate in breakaway roping attend at least one practice session to ensure their safety during fair competition.
    2. ADVANCEMENT LEVELS: REMINDER TO ALL HORSE SHOW COMPETITORS: Advancement Levels I and II must be passed successfully to compete in the Working Ranch Horse and Breakaway Roping events at the Dawes County Fair.
    3. Anyone interested in competing at the District 4-H Horse Show must also have passed Levels I and II! Deadline to register for Districts is May 13. Please contact Terri if you wish to set up an appointment to pass your advancement levels.
    4. Horseback Riding/Roping Practices will start soon. All will be held at the Dawes County Fairgrounds starting at 6 pm. Dates are: May 5, 19, 26; June 23, 30.
    5. 4-H Horse Camp is June 9-11, Ft. Robinson State Park. Registration forms are due by May 20.

    NEW - Animal Educational Displays

    A class at the Nebraska State Fair has just been made available to counties as well. 4-H’ers exhibiting dairy, beef, sheep, swine, goat, poultry, and rabbits are invited to create a poster highlighting an educational aspect of their animal project. The poster could focus on a current livestock issue, animal industry career, animal care or health, economic impacts of the livestock industry. All educational display entries must match the specie the 4-H’er is exhibiting. For example, if a 4-H’er is exhibiting beef, their entry must be about beef.

    • Posters will be displayed in the Show Barn, Event Center, and Vetter Building as a way to improve the educational experiences of both the 4-H member and the general public increasing agricultural literacy and promoting good will at the county fair.
    • Posters will be judged and are eligible for the Nebraska State Fair if receiving a purple ribbon at County Fair.
    • Poster display should be sturdy enough to last through the fair and no larger than 22” x 28”.
    • NOTE: Please take into consideration that these exhibits will be displayed inside open air buildings and may not be returned to the exhibitor in the original condition at the time of entry. 4-H’ers are encouraged to laminate or otherwise protect their displays.

    Educational displays will need to be brought to the 4-H Building for judging on Monday, August 1, between 9:00 am – 2:00 pm.

    NEW Bottle Lamb Project & Resource Handout

    Dawes County 4-H is introducing a new project for 2016 - Bottle Lamb. The purpose was: To design an animal project for younger or more inexperienced youth, teach proper health care and nutritional requirements of young sheep, teach basic sheep management skills and to teach basic recordkeeping skills. Youth enrolled in this project will need to complete the Quality Assurance requirements.

    There is a nice Bottle Lamb Resource Handout designed for Clover Kids and younger members available on our 4-H Website under Animal Affidavits or on the Clover Kid Resource Page under Animal Science. Copies are also available in the office.


    1. A bottle lamb is an orphan, or newborn lamb born after January 1 and before June 1; male or female; and fed on bucket or bottle.

    2. Exhibitors can be ages 8-18 (by January 1) and must be enrolled in a bottle lamb project.

    3. Exhibitors will need to complete the Bottle Lamb Record Book (available online at: http://extension.unl.edu/statewide/dawes/4h/). This will have to be completed and turned in to the Extension Office by July 25 to allow the judge time to read and prepare for interviews.

    4. ALL bottle lambs must be weighed in, tagged, and properly identified at the Sheep Weigh-In. Paperwork must be on file at the Extension Office by June 1.

    5. Exhibitors will sign up for interview times at fair when Bottle Lambs are weighed in on Wednesday, August 3, from 10 - 11 am. Exhibitor’s project animal will be present during their interview with the judge on Wednesday, August 3, from 1 to 4 pm.

    6. Lambs will be presented to the public at the conclusion of the Sheep Show on Thursday,
    August 4. All judging will have been done prior to that time.

    7. Lambs will be dismissed with all other exhibits on Saturday, August 6.

    8. Bottle lambs may be used by all age divisions for the sheep showmanship classes.

    9. Ranking will be done on the following basis:

    • Evaluation of completed record book – 35%.
    • Evaluation of member’s knowledge by interview – 35%.
    • Health condition and quality of animal – 15%.
    • Evidence of training and showing – 15%.
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    CHANGE FOR 2016 - Bucket Calf Project Record Book


    To provide greater consistency in judging while improving the educational impact of the project. New record book will help teach proper health care and nutritional requirements of young cattle, basic beef management skills without a large investment, basic record-keeping skills, and provide a better understanding of the feeder cattle industry.


    1. A Bucket Calf is an orphan or newborn calf; male or female; dairy, beef, or cross; fed on bucket or bottle. No nursing permitted. Select and/or purchase a calf born between January 1 and June 1 of current project year within two weeks of birth. Calf Sources - Feedlots, dairies, sale barn, neighbor, calving cull cows.

    2. Exhibitors can be ages 8-18 (by January 1); must be enrolled in the Bucket Calf Project; and have completed the annual Livestock Quality Assurance class.

    3. Exhibitors will need to complete the Bucket Calf Record Book (available online at: http://extension.unl.edu/statewide/dawes/4h/). This should be completed and turned in to the Extension Office by July 25 to allow the judge time to read and prepare for interviews.

    4. 4-H’er should develop management and marketing plan with parent, leader or banker.

    5. Identification - Bucket Calf should carry an official 4-H ear tag and be identified on a 4-H affidavit with signed form turned into the Extension Office by June 1. Member may identify more animals but will be limited to one calf for exhibit at the fair.

    6. Exhibitors will sign up for interview times when submitting their completed record book. Interviews will be held on Thursday, August 4, 3:00 - 5:00 pm. Calves will be shown at halter. Clipping is optional.

    7. Calves will be presented to the public on Friday, August 5, for presentation of awards. All judging will have been done prior to that time.

    8. Bucket Calves will be dismissed immediately following the award presentations.

    9. Bucket Calves are eligible for Beef or Dairy Showmanship by all age divisions.

    10. Judging - Because this is a learning project the quality and condition of the animal is only 15%. The Bucket Calf Project will be judged according to the following score card:

    • Evaluation of a completed record - 35%
    • Evaluation of member's knowledge by interview - 35%
    • Quality and condition of animal - 15%
    • Evidence of training and showing - 15%

    4-H Cat Club Has Started

    The first Cat Club meetings were held in March at both Crawford and Chadron. The lessons were "History of Cats" and "Cat Breeds." Other topics to be covered are:
    • Vaccinations and Diseases
    • Grooming and Showmanship
    • Diet
    • Reproduction
    • Anatomy
    • Selecting A Cat
    • At Home Cat Setup

    These clubs are open to ANY YOUTH, ages 8-18, with an interest in cats. Youth do not have to be involved with the after school programs to participate.

    CRAWFORD INFORMATION: The lessons will all be presented LIVE via Adobe Connect

    • Meeting Date: 2nd Thursday of Every Month (Next meeting is April 14)
    • Meeting Time: 5 - 6 pm
    • Meeting Location: Crawford Public Schools Distance Learning Lab
    • Viki Parker, Contact Person at Crawford ASP

    CHADRON INFORMATION: The lessons will be recorded and shown during the meeting. All members will still participate in the activities with a "leader."

    • Meeting Date: 3rd Tuesday of Every Month (Next meeting is April 19)
    • Meeting Time: 4:30 - 5:30 pm
    • Meeting Location: Chadron Middle School
    • Kaci Swinney, Contact Person at CMS ASP

    Adult and Youth Volunteers are encouraged to contact the Extension Office if they wish to help with these new clubs!

    Final Livestock Judging Class - Round Robin with Reasons

    The final Livestock Judging Workshop will be held Sunday, April 3, 2 - 5 pm, at the Crawford Rodeo Grounds. This will be a great opportunity to practice your skills and get prepared for future competitions during the summer and fall.

    Please contact Sam Dyer-Edelman or Roy Lambert for more information.

    Beef Fitters Clinics

    Meredith Bremer and her brother, Beau, will be conducting three Beef Fitters Clinics in the north panhandle. Take advantage of this great opportunity to learn from specialized skills!
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    Hop 2 It Rabbit Workshop on May 24

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    4-H Sheep & Goat Clinic on May 31

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    4-H Special Garden Project - SEEDS ARE HERE!

    Anyone interested in enrolling in the 4-H Special Garden Project and growing Jazzy Mix Zinnia should stop into the office ASAP and pick up their seeds! There are only 16 packets left so don't wait until the snow stops falling - get yours today!

    Design Decisions Project - Something for EVERYONE!

    Check out a great project that covers many "craft" type activities, allowing members to be creative in a wide range of areas! There is even a new website to help leaders and members learn more about this project.



    • Apply color and design principles using different materials to make and display objects for your home
    • Develop original designs
    • Plan a comfortable, clean, attractive home
    • Make connections between visual arts and other disciplines


    Printed Youth Materials:

    Design Decisions


    • Explore ways to make your house more "green"-from changing the kind of light bulbs you use to incorporating landscaping, solar systems, or even wind energy
    • Create a color scheme that matches your needs and personality
    • Learn new painting techniques that will add some "wow" to your walls
    • Design or select furniture, fabric, and storage items for your room
    • Accessorize a room-design or select unique items such as wall art, wall arraignments, or lamps
    • Learn about safety, the environment, career choices, entrepreneur ideas, and ways to help the community from a design perspective


    Printed Youth Materials:

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    Dawes County 4-H Public Speaking Contest Results

    The night was electric with excitement as 11 youth participated in the speech division and 4 more in Public Service Announcements (PSA) at the 2016 Dawes County 4-H Public Speaking Contest. Congratulations to each and every contestant on taking the time and effort to learn a very valuable and important life skill - public speaking! I was proud of each and every one of you. Sincere appreciation goes out to Kane Wellnitz for serving as the Master of Ceremonies and Hailey Watson Huffman and Madison Cogdill for assisting the judges and handing out awards.


    Clover Kids (ages 5-7): Tatianna Obando, Garett Tollman, Anabelle Vander May, Landen Heine, and Paityn Heine - Rainbow Ribbons.

    Junior (ages 8-10): Kenli Boeselager, Champion; Regan Anderson, Reserve Champion; JT Obando, Morgan Schommer, and Alexa Tollman - Purples.

    Intermediate (ages 11-13): Hayden Heine, Blue and Champion.

    Boeselager, Anderson, Schommer, and Heine also qualified for the regional competition to be held on Saturday, April 23, at one of three locations in the Panhandle, Harrison, Bridgeport, or Sidney.


    Junior: Layne Davidson, Blue and Champion.

    Intermediate: Dylan Davidson, Purple and Champion.

    Senior: Wyatt Davidson, Purple and Champion; Chance Snook, Blue and Reserve Champion.

    All PSAs qualified for regional competition.

    Suzanne Neefe and Regan Garey judged the public speaking contestants. Dave Collins and Aaron Willey with Eagle Communications evaluated the PSAs.

    Award sponsors included: John and Kim Madsen, Happy Hustlers 4-H Club, Corn Valley 4-H Club, Tom and Carol Foster, Ray Grantham, Hencey Plumbing & Hydronics, and KSDZ/KDJL Radio - The Twister. Special appreciation also goes to Jeff Wing with KCSR/KBPY for recording the PSAs and helping youth learn more about radio advertisements.

    Check out our Facebook Album for more photos!

    Dawes County Shooting Sports Results

    Members of the Dawes County Shooting Sports Club have been active at the Panhandle Best Competitions over the last several weeks with the final competition held in Chadron on Sunday, March 13. Complete results of all shoots can be found on the Orion Scoring System website: http://www.orionresults.com/dawes.

    ALLIANCE, February 28

    BB Gun Division:
    9-10 year olds - Ethan Johns, 1st and Alex Fisher, 8th. Johns placed first in the Kneeling Position and tied for first in Prone. Fisher was part of a three way tie for first in the Standing Position.

    11-12 year olds - Samantha Johns, 1st; Hannah Walker, 7th; and Hayden Heine, 10th; Johns placed first in the Standing Position.

    13-15 year olds - Kade Moore, 8th.

    Sporter Air Rifle Division:
    8 to 10 year olds - Ethan Johns, 5th and Alex Fisher, 6th.
    11-12 year olds - Samantha Johns, 3rd.

    13-14 year olds - Kade Moore, 3rd.

    15-18 year olds - Chance Snook, 9th.

    OGALLALA, March 6

    BB Gun Division:

    9-10 year olds - Ethan Johns, 2nd and Alex Fisher, 8th.

    11-12 year olds - Samantha Johns, 3rd and Hayden Heine, 10th. Johns placed first in the Prone and Standing Positions and posted the 7th best score of the day out of all 53 shooters in the BB Gun Division.

    Sporter Air Rifle Division:

    8 to 10 year olds - Ethan Johns, 5th and Alex Fisher, 6th.
    11-12 year olds - Samantha Johns, 2nd, and won the Prone Position.

    CHADRON, March 13
    BB Gun Division:
    9-10 year olds - Ethan Johns, 7th and Alex Fisher, 12th.

    11-12 year olds - Samantha Johns, 1st; Hannah Walker, 8th; Hayden Heine, 10th, and Caden Galbraith, 11th. Johns placed first in the Prone, Standing, and Kneeling positions shooting a personal best score of 374 out of a possible 400. Her overall score was the 2nd highest of the day out of all forty-four BB Gun shooters in every age division.

    Sporter Air Rifle Division:

    8-10 year olds - Ethan Johns, 5th and Alex Fisher, 6th.

    11-12 year olds - Samantha Johns, 2nd.

    15-18 year olds - Chance Snook, 10th.

    Pistol Division:

    Basic Supported 8-10 year olds - Ethan Johns, 1st; Samantha Johns, 3rd; Hayden Heine, 4th; Hannah Walker, 5th.

    Standing Supported 11-13 year olds - Samantha Johns, 2nd; Hayden Heine, 3rd; and Hannah Walker, 4th.

    The overall winners of the Panhandle Best Series were also announced at the Dawes County competition.

    • Dawes County 4-H members who placed in the top six in BB Gun were: Ethan Johns 4th and Alex Fisher 6th for 9-10 year olds. Samantha Johns 2nd for 11-12 year olds. Hayden Heine just missed out coming in 7th for the year.

    • In the Sporter Air Rifle discipline, Ethan Johns was 5th and Alex Fisher 6th for 8-10 year olds. Samantha Johns was 2nd for 11-12 year olds.

    All award winners were presented a slate plaque designed by Engravers of Chadron.

    One final competition remains for the Dawes County 4-H Shooting Sports members as many will travel to Wayne, Nebraska, on April 2-3, to compete in the 2016 Nebraska State 4-H BB Gun and Air Rifle Championships.

    The Dawes County 4-H Shooting Sports Program wishes to thank the many sponsors who donated items for door prizes, a silent auction, and the concession stand. They include: Napa Auto Parts, Pump & Pantry, Panhandle Vet Clinic, Morfords, Bomgaars, Dawes County Sheriff's Office, Wal-Mart, Safeway, Coca-Cola, Fisher's Snow Removal, ACE Hardware, Cabela's in Rapid City, Chadron State Park, Farm Bureau-Amy Halverson, Chadron Car Dealer's Association, Tommy's Carlot, Paris Fisher Auto Sales, Al & Connie Rasmussen, D & S Market, and Crawford Pharmacy. Your support was greatly appreciated.

    Dawes County 4-H & FFA Livestock Progress Show - June 12

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    Take Time to Say "Thank You!"

    Let's take a moment to recognize those who went out of their way to be helpful in March!

    Did you know:
    • Shellie Johns worked extremely hard to find sponsors for the Dawes County Panhandle Best Shooting Competition held March 13. The group held a silent auction, gave away great door prizes, and had donations for their concession stand. The whole Shooting Sports program should be proud of the event they hosted.
    • Jeff Wing with KCSR/KBPY Radio has taken special care to record our 4-H PSA's over the last several years. Thank you Jeff for ensuring our 4-H youth have every advantage and a great experience!
    • Thank you Shalee Lemmon, Jake Lemmon, and Katie Lewin for helping at Public Speaking 101! You were instrumental in the success our young speakers had at the county contest.
    • Have you noticed the marquees at Security First Bank and the Chadron Federal Credit Union? Both have proudly promoted 4-H and our members. Next time you stop into one of those businesses, take a moment to thank them for their support.

    Stay Informed by Signing up for Dawes County 4-H Remind!

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    Calendar of Upcoming Events


    YEAR AROUND Small Engine Repair - 7 pm, Wahlstrom Ford OR Henkens Roberts Building, Fairgrounds. EVERY WEDNESDAY EVENING. Contact Roger Eaton.

    April 2-3 - State 4-H Shooting Sports for BB and Pellet, Wayne
    April 3 - Livestock Judging Round Robin, 2-5 pm, Crawford Livestock Market
    April 4 - Regional Speech Entries Due to County Office
    April 4 - Jeff Kurrus Presentation, 7 pm, CSC
    April 5 - Dawes County Progress Show Committee Meeting, 5 pm, Extension Office
    April 11 - General 4-H Council Meeting, 6 pm, Extension Office
    April 14 - Cat Club, 5 - 6 pm, Crawford Elementary School Workroom
    April 19 - Cat Club, 4:30 - 5:30 pm, Chadron Middle School
    April 23 - Regional Public Speaking/Speech/PSA Contest, 9 am - noon, Harrison, Bridgeport, Sidney
    April 28 - Animal Adventures, 3:30 - 5:30, Fairgrounds. Chadron After School Program!
    April 30 - Beef Fitters Clinic in Gordon. Will also be held in Harrison and Chadron on May 24.
    May 5 - Horseback Riding/Roping Practice, 6 pm, Fairgrounds
    May 12 - Cat Club, 5 - 6 pm, Crawford Elementary School Workroom
    May 17 - Cat Club, 4:30 - 5:30 pm, Chadron Middle School
    May 17 - Horse Judging Workshop, 6-8 pm, Extension Office. PRE-REGISTER ONE WEEK BEFORE!
    May 19 - Horse Riding/Roping Practice, 6 pm, Fairgrounds
    May 24 - Hop 2 It Rabbit Workshop, 1-3 pm, Fairgrounds
    May 24 - Rabbit Tattooing, 3-4 pm, Fairgrounds - REQUIRED FOR ALL 4-H RABBIT PROJECTS SHOWN AT THE FAIR
    May 26 - Horseback Riding/Roping Practice, 6 pm, Fairgrounds
    May 31 - Sheep & Goat Clinic, 9 am - 2 pm, Fairgrounds
    May 31 - Sheep & Goat Weigh-In
    June 7-8 - Wilderness Wonders Explorer Camp, Camp Norwesca
    June 12 - Dawes County Livestock Progress Show, Fairgrounds
    June 14 - District 4-H Horse Show, Fairgrounds
    June 16 - Western Livestock Challenge, Hemingford
    June 23 - Horseback Riding/Roping Practice, Fairgrounds, 6 pm
    June 30 - Horseback Riding/Roping Practice, Fairgrounds, 6 pm


    Animal Science Youth Field Day In Curtis, NE NCTA Campus Thursday May 26, 2016

    Open to all youth ages 8-18. Variety of workshops will expose youth to various animal care, production; Quality Assurance; other livestock teaching stations

    Sprint Startup Your Business in Curtis , NE NCTA Campus Thursday- Saturday May 26-28, 201. Forty-eight hour workshop for 17 & 18 year old motivated & determined students to launch a business. Learn startup skills in a hands on environment with entrepreneurs your own age. Students will learn ideation, team formation, customer discovery and how to pitch their business.

    Be sure to check our Facebook page and website regularly for any changes or additions to our calendar. New activities are added as a volunteer steps forward or when a need is uncovered. Don't miss out on the fun!

    Dawes County 4-H Executive Council

    President - Clint Phillips
    Vice President - Suzanne Davidson
    Treasurer - Kerri Wild
    Secretary - Maribeth Moore-Cogdill

    Members at large: Adult - Jera Boeselager, Karen Lewin, Jodi Sellman; Youth - Madison Cogdill, Jake Lemmon, Cody Madsen.

    These people are YOUR voice! Please contact any of them if you have an idea for a new or existing event or activity, have concerns with the program, or just want to have input in the decision making process.

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