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2022 O’Brien County Dennis Mars

Posted on 08/22/2022 at 12:03 PM
Denny was a nine-year 4-H member in rural Paullina. He was also a member of the Paullina High School FFA chapter. Denny showed cattle at the O’Brien County fair growing up. As an adult, Denny was a member of the O’Brien County Fair Board for 38 years, retiring in 2019....

2021 O’Brien County Marsha Rehder

Posted on 08/23/2021 at 4:20 PM
Marsha has worked in Extension for over 20 years. During this time, she has provided countless youth information, guidance, answers and a smile. Marsha filled the volunteer role of club leader for the G & W Feeders while her children were in 4-H. Her love for the O’Brien County Fair...

2019 O'Brien County: Mike Meyer

Posted on 08/19/2019 at 1:41 PM
Mike Meyer’s 4-H story started as most kids’ stories do: he was encouraged to join by older friends and his parents, David and Janet, when he entered 4th grade in 1982. Mike recalls getting picked up by the neighborhood boys who could drive to head to the school in Germantown...
Posted in O'Brien, 2019 |

2018 O'Brien County: Kris Keene

Posted on 08/21/2018 at 3:50 PM
Kris Keene came by her love of 4-H naturally. Both her parents were members, and later leaders, and all six of her siblings were also active participants. While much of their time in 4-H was outside, working with livestock, Kris could be found inside, at the sewing machine. With the...
Posted in O'Brien, 2018 |

2017 O'Brien County: Glenn Fuller

Posted on 08/28/2017 at 9:10 AM
Glenn Fuller's deep interest and affection for everything agricultural began as a child growing up on the Fuller family farm in Cherokee County. Faith, family and 4-H were the hallmarks of his childhood and those same characteristics have defined his adulthood. He grew up with an older brother and sister...

2016 O’Brien County Harold Stamer

Posted on 08/26/2016 at 9:05 AM
Harold Stamer’s love for agriculture, especially livestock, began at the age of 8 when he started his own herd of Brown Swiss dairy cattle. At 16 years of age, Harold started showing his herd around the Midwest. After marrying his wife Sharon, moving to a farm east of Granville, IA,...

2015 O'Brien County- Sherry Durst

Posted on 08/24/2015 at 9:39 AM
Sherry Durst has been involved with the 4-H program for a number of years. She was the O’Brien Extension office secretary for 15 ½ years. While working at the Extension office she learned and became familiar with the 4-H program. Sherry currently serves as the O’Brien County Fair Board secretary....

2013 O'Brien County - Duane "Mick" Konz

Posted on 08/08/2013 at 11:40 PM
Duane “Mick” Konz was born and raised in the Hospers area in NW Iowa. He graduated from St Joe’s Catholic School in Granville. In 1965 he purchased 160 acres across from where he grew up. He started crop farming and raising livestock. He was married in 1966 to Mary Pohlen....

2011 O'Brien County - Mark Hansen

Posted on 08/27/2011 at 2:38 PM
Mark Hansen was a valuable part of the O’Brien County 4-H program for over 30 years. As a member of the Center Farmers 4-H Club, he understood the importance of contributing to “my club, my community, my country and my world”. His love for livestock and farming grew through 4-H...

2009 O'Brien County - Everand & Gladys McDowell Family

Posted on 04/19/2011 at 1:04 PM
The family of Everand & Gladys McDowell of Primghar have been supporting the O’Brien County 4-H program for nearly 50 years. Brad & Jane McDowell -Brad has been a leader of the Center Farmers 4-H Club for 15 years, and as a Fairboard member and livestock superintendent, has been helping...

2007 O'Brien County - Sally DeKok

Posted on 04/07/2011 at 12:43 PM
Sally DeKok of Primghar, has been one of O’Brien County’s biggest supporters of the 4-H program for over 3 decades. As a youth, she was a member of O’Brien County Omega-We-Go 4-H club, and went on to ISU and taught home economics in Sheldon for nearly 20 years. As a...

2006 O'Brien County - Daniel Hunt

Posted on 04/05/2011 at 12:50 PM
Dan has always worked hard to make the O’Brien county 4-H program a strong one. He believes in making 4-H a learning experience and always encourages the members to participate in many activities. Without leaders like this involved in 4-H, we would not have the successful program that we do,...

2005 O'Brien County - Gordon Wittrock

Posted on 03/31/2011 at 2:06 PM
Gordon grew up on a farm in Center Township of O’Brien County. He began his 4-H career at the age of 9 and continued until his graduation from Primghar High School in 1970. Gordon showed beef cattle, but received many awards with his swine projects. Gordon’s love of 4-H and...

2004 O'Brien County - Clarence Smith Jr.

Posted on 03/31/2011 at 11:06 AM
Clarence Smith Jr. grew up on a livestock farm in Dale Township of O’Brien County. He began his 4-H club membership at age 10 and continued to graduation from high school with many beef cattle as well as other projects which were exhibited in O’Brien County. He was on the...

2003 O'Brien County - Roger Hansen

Posted on 03/29/2011 at 12:44 PM
Roger served as O’Brien County Extension Director for over 20 years helping to lead the O’Brien County 4-H program. He spearheaded the start of the O’Brien County Advanced Lamb Feeder program that is still in existence today. Since then, other counties have modeled their programs after this one. Roger also...

2002 O'Brien County - Darwin Gaudian

Posted on 03/24/2011 at 2:35 PM
Darwin and his family have been involved in 4-H for many years in O’Brien County. He has lived in the Primghar area his entire life, where he raises corn and soybeans and has a swine finishing operation. Darwin and his wife Jan have two daughters, Darcy and Danielle, who also...
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