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2018 Wright County: Dr. Doug Helgevold, DVM

Posted on 08/21/2018 at 4:34 PM
Dr.Doug Helgevold, lives on the Eagle Township family farm in Wright County where he was born and raised and actively participated in 4-H. Although he couldn’t recall the name of the club at the time he was a member (he said they’ve changed since he was a kid), he could...

2017 Wright County: Leroy Jensen

Posted on 08/28/2017 at 9:02 AM
Leroy Jensen has been a teacher, a farmer, and the Wright County Extension Education Director over the years, but he’s been a lifelong 4-Her. For that, he has been selected as this year’s Wright County inductee to the Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame. Jensen’s 4-H journey began when he was 10...

2016 Wright County Duane Asbe

Posted on 08/26/2016 at 10:01 AM
Duane Asbe was a 4-H Leader that made a positive impact in many young lives by his qualities of integrity, honesty, trust and being a leader in the community. Duane Asbe was a highly qualified leader. He was a strong mentor with his positive attitude and desire to share his God-given...

2015 Wright County- Rita Mersch

Posted on 08/24/2015 at 4:38 PM
Rita Mersch was a 4-H leader of the Eagle Red Peppers for 20 years from 1964-1984. Sadly, Rita passed away in 2002. She became a leader when her oldest daughter, had been a 4-H member for approximately three years. She was a 4-H leader for all three of her daughters....

2014 Wright County - Dale Haugland

Posted on 08/18/2014 at 10:54 AM
Dale Haugland began his 4-H volunteer career while working at the local photography studio. Wright County Extension staff stopped in the studio and asked if someone could do a workshop on photography for the 4-H’ers. Dale was sent to do his first photography workshop and from that day on led...

2013 Wright County - Larry and Karla Pals

Posted on 08/09/2013 at 9:14 AM
Larry and Karla Pals live in Belmond and have been dedicated to the 4-H program for many years. Karla grew up being an active member of the Bath Belles 4-H Club, taking many exhibits to the fair. Some of her memorable projects were the blue corduroy suit she made that...

2012 Wright County- Shirley Lager

Posted on 07/24/2012 at 11:08 AM
Shirley Lager joined 4-H when she was 10 years old. At that time the kids could enroll in three project areas: food and nutrition, clothing and home improvement. Every month they met at someone’s home for a meeting and demonstration. Shirley did lots of cooking and sewing. One of her...

2011 Wright County - Larry and Shorty Anderson

Posted on 08/19/2011 at 11:06 AM
Based on their dedicated involvement with the Wright County 4-H program, you would never guess Larry and Shorty Anderson of Clarion had limited 4-H experience in their youth. All three of their children were active in a variety of project areas and leadership roles. Their involvement and support of the...

2010 Wright County - Gary and Sally Woodley

Posted on 04/21/2011 at 10:39 AM
Gary Woodley was a nine year member of the Lincoln Leaders 4-H Club in Wright County. Some of Gary’s projects were beef, horticulture, woodworking, communications, citizenship, and leadership. Following his high school graduation, he participated in a People-to-People exchange to Europe. After his 4-H career, Gary served as a 4-H...

2009 Wright County - Ron Swanson

Posted on 04/19/2011 at 11:50 AM
Ronald Swanson was a member of the Lincoln Leader’s 4-H Club in Wright County for nine years including serving as County President of Boy’s 4-H and Wright County 4-H Fun Night King. His major project was showing Holstein dairy cattle. While attending Iowa State University he worked as one of...

2008 Wright County - Evelyn and Dean Grandgeorge

Posted on 04/12/2011 at 12:30 PM
Evelyn has been very supportive and active in the Wright County 4-H program. She has served on the Extension Council and 4-H and youth committee. During one summer she was an aid at the Extension office. She is an honorary 4-H member, was on the Wright County fair board for...

2007 Wright County - Phyllis Stoakes

Posted on 04/07/2011 at 10:58 AM
Because of her experiences in 4-H Phyllis realized how important her 4-H leaders were to her by giving time and talent and how that had benefited her as a person. She wanted and did give back to 4-H what it had given her. She constantly reminded youth and others about...

2006 Wright County - Judy Kirstein

Posted on 04/05/2011 at 11:35 AM
Judy has been very active in the 4-H program as both a member and a volunteer. As a volunteer, Judy served 15 years a club leader, 6 years on the County Youth Committee, 7 years on the Wright County Extension Council, and 9 years as a superintendent’s assistant at the...

2005 Wright County - Gene Ryerson

Posted on 03/31/2011 at 1:03 PM
Gene Ryerson was a 9 year 4-H member in Wright County where he served as a club and county officer. He won the Chicago Award trip and many livestock awards at the county and state level. He was also an active FFA member and officer receiving the Iowa, Star and...

2004 Wright County - John Hagie

Posted on 03/30/2011 at 8:47 PM
John Hagie was a 9 year member of the Dayton Dynamiters 4-H club in Wright County. He later was a 4-H leader, beef superintendent at the Wright County District Junior Fair, and for many years served on the Wright County Fair board. John has always been a very strong supporter...

2003 Wright County - Alvina Sellers

Posted on 03/29/2011 at 11:02 AM
Alvina Ruth Tesdahl Sellers joined her local 4-H club in Norway Township, Wright County, Iowa at the age of twelve, in 1927. Because her mother had been killed by a tornado when Alvina was eleven years old, she helped raise her two sisters and one brother, helping and encouraging them...

2002 Wright County - Robert F. Bernhardt

Posted on 03/29/2011 at 10:59 AM
Bob Bernhardt began his 4-H career as a 4-H member in Sac County, IA. As a young man he started a 4-H club in Filmore County, MN and led I for 8 years. He attended Iowa State, earning a degree in Dairy Science. Robert was the 4-H Extension Youth Assistant...
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