Tricounty News

4-H Food Review and Demonstration Day

“How to Prepare a Romantic Spaghetti Dinner for Your Parents”, “Frozen Banana Penguins”, “Ice Cream for Lunch!”, and “Ooh La La, It’s Beauty Day!” are just some of the titles of food review displays and demonstrations that Meeker County 4-H’ers will exhibit at the annual 4-H Food Review and Demonstration Day Saturday morning, March 22. The event will be held on the second floor of the Meeker County Family Services Center in Litchfield. Food Review displays will be ready for judging at 9:30 a.m. Demonstrations will also begin at 9:30 a.m.

The purpose of Food Review is to give members a chance to explore the Foods project. Food Review provides 4-H’ers an experience in planning, preparing, and serving foods as part of a meal or snack. Additionally, participation gives the member an opportunity for self-expression, verbally and visually, and provides members an opportunity to show what they have learned.


4-H Horse Bowl Teams compete in regional competition

What can you put on a bit to prevent it from rusting while not being used? – Answer: Vaseline/Petroleum Jelly. There’s a lot to know and this is just one example of the questions answered by nine Meeker County 4-H’ers as they participated in the regional Horse Bowl Contest held on Saturday, March 1, in Foley. Meeker County had three junior teams that competed against other teams from across the state.

Junior Team members include: Team One – Bailey Woehler, Elana Koch, Emily Porter, Maci Scott, and Sara Shoutz. Junior Team One placed fourth overall.

Team Two – Abby Thompson, Allyana Eblen, Annika Soderlund, Emily Wiener, and Maggie Malling. Junior Team Two placed seventh overall.

Team Three – Callie Hennen, Erica Gaebe, Kailey Schlaak, and Lindy Hennen.  Junior Team Three placed sixth overall. These teams were coached by Lynda Frenchick, Michelle Soderlund, and Robin VanderMey.


Share the Fun & Performing Arts Day Feb. 23

The 2014 Meeker County 4-H Share the Fun & Performing Arts Day was held on Sunday afternoon, Feb. 23, in the Bernie Aaker Auditorium at the Family W-kkServices Center in Litchfield. There were five Share the Fun and 25 Performing Arts acts. Share The Fun is a time for kids to share fun skits with their peers and adults while performing for an audience. The purposes of Share The Fun include: building club rapport and unity, promoting 4-H, and providing recognition for the club. Many Meeker County 4-H’ers had a great opportunity to share their talents. The Meeker County 4-H ambassadors did a fabulous job emceeing the event.


4-H Dairy Bowl Teams advance to State


Meeker County 4-H Senior Team members are from left to right, in front, Morgan Paulson, Kathryn Gathje, and James Gathje. In back are Wyatt Renne, Sawyer Eblen, and Dillon Gratz. Submitted photo.


What is the name of the muscle cells that squeeze milk out of the alveoli? – Answer Myoepithelial. What hormone maintains pregnancy? – Answer: W-junior-dairy-team---regionsW-senior-team---regionsprogesterone. Wow! There’s a lot to know and these are just two examples of the questions answered by Meeker County 4-H’ers, along with teammates from Kandiyohi County, as they participated in the regional Dairy Bowl Contest held Saturday, March 1, in Foley. One senior team and one junior team competed against other teams from across the state. As a result of the event, both teams will be advancing to the State Dairy Bowl Competition, which will be held Saturday, April 5, at Sauk Rapids-Rice High School.



Local gymnasts have great season

Granite City Gymnastics gymnasts Alison Olson and Elle Geislinger competed Feb. 15W-Gymnastics-IMG 2207

Alison Olson, Level 3 gymnast, has had many top finishes in this year’s competitive season. Alison earned her way to compete at the 2013 Level 3 Minnesota State Meet and finished with a 34.7 All Around. She also competed at the 2014 Tropical Twist Meet Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, where she placed first in the All-Around with a personal best of 37.2
(9.55 on vault, 9.25 on bars, 9.0 on beam, and 9.45 on floor).

Elle Geislinger, Level 4 gymnast also had many personal bests in the 2013-2014 competitive season. Elle qualified and earned her spot to compete in the 2013 Minnesota Level 4 State Meet in December.

Both  Elle and Alison have had a wonderful season with many great accomplishments.

Parents of Alison are Jeanne Olson and Scott Olson of Watkins. Parents of Elle are Bruce and Darla Geislinger, also of Watkins.

Alison Olson (left) is a level 3 gymnast and Elle Geislinger (right) is a level 4. Both competed in Granite City Gymnastics Saturday, Feb. 15. Submitted photo.