Iowa 4-H Foundation

Posted on August 23, 2021 at 4:53 PM by Emily Saveraid

Lorie KnudsenThe 2021 Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame nominee for Shelby County is Lorie (Lebeck) Knudsen.  Lorie grew up on a farm outside of Walnut, Iowa. She and her husband, Dan, farm outside of Harlan where they raised their three children, Stefan, Greg and Katrina and now have 6 grandchildren.  Lorie was a teacher in Shelby County for 36 years before retiring.  However, retirement hasn’t kept her away from the classroom as she continues to substitute teach.

Lorie was a 4-H leader for the Jackson Jets 4-H club for 11 years. She encouraged all of her children to be involved with club and county events while they were members. Lorie has served Shelby County on the Shelby County Extension council for 6 years, serving as secretary.  She has also served on the 4-H Youth committee for 12 years, serving 7 of those years as secretary and chairperson.  Lorie’s impact on Shelby County 4-H youth continues as she is one of the static exhibit superintendents, the clothing event superintendent for the Shelby County Fair and is a trained fair judge at several county fairs around the area each summer.  Lorie’s knowledge and never-ending support of youth education has made her an invaluable resource for 4-H youth, leaders and Extension staff.  

It is clear that with her legacy of teaching, involvement in 4-H, and leadership roles both volunteer and elected, that she is passionate about and committed to the personal development and success of young people in her community and surrounding communities.

Thank you, Lorie, for supporting Shelby County 4-H and for making the best better.

Categories: 2021, Shelby

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