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2022 Kossuth County Julie Larsen

Posted on 08/22/2022 at 11:43 AM
Julie became involved in 4-H while growing up in Dallas County in the era of the 4-H uniform dresses that you sewed yourself. She was an active member of the local girls 4-H club in her area and was always interested in her family and consumer science classes in high...

2021 Kossuth County Nancy (Finnestad) Borchardt

Posted on 08/23/2021 at 9:09 AM
Nancy (Finnestad) Borchardt started her 4-H adventure with the Fairfield True Workers 4-H Club in Palo Alto County. During her 4-H days as a youth, she enjoyed trying new project areas and showing pigs at the county fair. She also took part in the state 4-H conference and the Washington...

2020 Kossuth County: Judi Bruhn

Posted on 08/23/2020 at 12:00 PM
This year’s Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame nominee comes from a long line of 4-H history. She comes from a big, 4-H loving family. Her mother was a leader of the girls’ club for many years until she passed away. Her father was a boys’ club leader for at least...
Posted in Kossuth, 2020 |

2019 Kossuth County: Dianne Zeller

Posted on 08/19/2019 at 1:19 PM
4-H has been a big part of this 2019 4-H Hall of Fame inductee’s life. Growing up in Kossuth County, she was an active member of the Cresco Chums 4-H club from the 4th through 12th grade. Some of her fondest memories of being a 4-H’er will always be county...
Posted in Kossuth, 2019 |

2018 Kossuth County: Faye Kuhlmann

Posted on 08/21/2018 at 3:29 PM
Kossuth County is proud to recognize Faye Kuhlmann as an Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame Inductee. Faye volunteered countless hours for the 4-H youth in Kossuth County. She was not a member of 4-H growing up, but all four of her children and several of her grandchildren were or will...
Posted in Kossuth, 2018 |

2017 Kossuth County: Kim Ruby

Posted on 08/28/2017 at 8:37 AM
Kim Ruby has been an active 4-H volunteer for many years in Kossuth County. He started out helping his sons with their 4-H projects, then moved on to being a 4-H leader for the local club. In 1995, he accepted the beef superintendent position for the county fair and holds that...

2016 Kossuth County Lisa Zeller

Posted on 08/26/2016 at 8:50 AM
Lisa Zeller has been a part of 4-H her whole life. She grew up being a 4-H member which led to her children being involved in 4-H. Lisa was the Riverdale Rustlers 4-H leader for 14 years. She was also involved in E-PAK, Educational Partners- Agriculture and Kids, a regional...

2013 Kossuth County - Jean Kent

Posted on 08/08/2013 at 11:25 PM
Jean grew up in the 4-H program as a 10 year member of the Lotts Creek Lassies & Lads 4-H Club. She volunteered for a few years following high school and found her way back to the 4-H program after graduating from Iowa Lakes Community College. She became the County...

2012 Kossuth County- Ronda Gray

Posted on 07/18/2012 at 4:37 PM
Ronda Gray comes from a family with a long 4-H history. Her grandmother was a leader, her dad was an active 4-H member, her mother was a 4-H leader, and she herself was a ten year member of the Ledyard 4-Leaf Clovers, as were her three sisters. Ronda became a...

2011 Kossuth County - Dee Ann Bierstedt

Posted on 08/30/2011 at 1:35 PM
Dee Ann (Jensen) Bierstedt began her 4-H career at the age of nine. Her parents, encouraged her to use the four H’s of the club pledge, head, heart, hands and health, to contribute to her community and world. She was active in the Swea-Harrison Boy’s 4-H club in Kossuth County...

2010 Kossuth County - Robert J. Behnkendorf

Posted on 04/21/2011 at 1:15 PM
4-H is a big part of Bob’s life and a part of the reason he finished his working career in Extension. He belonged in 4-H in both Kossuth and Humboldt counties as a youth. He showed cattle and played 4-H basketball. He was elected vice president at the Humboldt County...

2009 Kossuth County - Al Lauck

Posted on 04/19/2011 at 1:41 PM
Most of the years that Al has been with KLGA radio, he has hosted a weekly radio broadcast with Extension. He incorporates much of ISU media interviews into his daily ‘Farm Reporter’ session. He has been willing to do 4-H County Council interviews on a regular basis and also interviews...

2008 Kossuth County - Karen and Don Heldorfer

Posted on 04/19/2011 at 10:25 AM
The Heldorfer family would be one of those 4-H families that every county wishes they could clone. Karen & Don were willing 4-H parents, leaders, Fair Superintendents, Extension Council and Youth Committee members. They were active in starting our school run farm safety day camp and starting the local foundation....

2007 Kossuth County - Merwyn Hurlburt

Posted on 04/07/2011 at 1:45 PM
Mert Hurlburt became involved with 4-H in 1988 again after his kids were long out of 4-H. At that time he joined the Kossuth County Fair Board where he remained an active member for 15 years. He continues to be active in the youth program after his board tenure. During...

2006 Kossuth County - Dolores Mertz

Posted on 04/05/2011 at 1:09 PM
Kossuth County 4-H has had a friend of Extension in Dolores Mertz for nearly forty years. She served as a leader for over 25 years while her seven children were growing up in 4-H and she continued to stay involved after the last one graduated. She served as organizational, assistant...

2005 Kossuth County - Tracy V. Remy

Posted on 03/31/2011 at 2:31 PM
Extension 4-H & Youth Leader for Kossuth and Palo Alto Counties from 1975-1992. Coordination responsibilities included volunteer leader recruitment and training, program development and implementation, 4-H exhibiting at county fairs, recognition of youth achievements and adult service. Placed special emphasis on significant experiences for 4-H’ers outside the local club, especially...

2004 Kossuth County - John Ley

Posted on 03/31/2011 at 11:35 AM
John Ley was the ISUE County Extension Education Director for 27 years in Kossuth County and was in Extension work for over 30 years. During those years he was a wonderful provider of information, education, hope and encouragement to the patrons of Kossuth County. His great efforts earned him many...

2003 Kossuth County - Berl Priebe

Posted on 03/29/2011 at 1:37 PM
Berl started 4-H in Kossuth County showing Guernsey cattle when he was 10 years old. The Kossuth County Fair would not be what it is today without Berl. He served as chairman of the fair board for 30 years. He also volunteered to work with kids on showing and judging...

2002 Kossuth County - Bernard (Barney) Thilges

Posted on 03/24/2011 at 1:48 PM
Barney is a 4-H leader in Kossuth County and has been a leader for 53 years. Barney, a bachelor, never had any children of his own and was never in 4-H, but he has many kids that he has helped mold into fine adults. Barney began his involvement in 4-H as...
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