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Meeker County 4-H Rabbit Bowl

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What is another name for Dystocia? What is the treatment for milk enterotoxemia? What is the ideal adult weight for a Himalayan doe rabbit? These are a few of the questions that the Meeker County 4-H Rabbit Project Bowl teams had to answer correctly at the State Rabbit Bowl held in Sauk Rapids Saturday, April 5. In this competition, the team that answers the most questions correctly wins.


4-H’ers participate in Rabbit Bowl Contest March 15

Here are some questions for you: What is the body portion of the butterfly marking? Answer –Nosefork. What’s the act of giving birth by rabbits? Answer – Kindle or Kindling. According to color genetics how many colors of domestic rabbits are there? Answer - 2 - Black and Chocolate. Wow! There sure is a lot to know and these are just three examples of the questions answered by Meeker County 4-H’ers as they participated in the Regional Rabbit Bowl Contest held Saturday, March 15, in Redwood Falls.

Meeker County had two teams compete, the “Flares” and “Rabbit Jocks”.  Flares team members included: Laura Shoutz of Litchfield, Frank Beier of Cosmos, Ruby Radunz of Hutchinson, Anthony Schettler of Eden Valley, and Ethan Beier of Cosmos. This team placed first overall and has won the opportunity to advance to the State Bowl April 5. Rabbit Jocks team members included Kelsey Ballard of Litchfield, Cora Huhn of Litchfield, Owen Carlson of Litchfield, and Joseph Carlson of  Litchfield. This team placed fourth overall. Both teams were coached by Dawn and Elijah Michaletz. Their coaches are extremely proud of their accomplishments!

Rabbit Bowl is a “quiz bowl” competition where all questions deal with rabbit topics. Teams of four to six members compete with each other in giving oral answers to questions posed by a moderator. Questions are on topics such as nutrition, reproduction, breeds, and judging. Teams receive points for correct answers and may lose points for incorrect answers. The team with the highest final score is the winner. The contest is organized on a double elimination basis with winning teams advancing into further rounds until a champion team is selected.

For more information on how to become involved in Rabbit Project Bowl or 4-H, please call the Meeker County Extension Office at (320) 693-5275, toll-free (877) 993-5275, e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or visit our websites at, or

4-H Food Review and Demonstration Day March 22

Competition was fierce, as Meeker County 4-H’ers gathered to participate in the annual 4-H Food Review and Demonstration Day. The event was held Saturday morning, March 22, at the Family Services Center in Litchfield. In all, we had 20 food review exhibits and 17 demonstrators. Everyone did an amazing job.  Congratulations on your achievements.

The purpose of Food Review is to give members a chance to explore the Foods project. 4-H’ers set up a display showing a favorite food and questions are asked about food preparation and nutrition in an interview setting. Winners of the competition include:


April 12: Girl Scout event

Girl Scouts have a great event coming up for women and girls Saturday, April 12, at the St. Cloud River’s Edge Convention Center. Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin Lakes and Pines serves girls and adult volunteers in all of these communities.

Kaleidoscope is a women and girls’ event filled with inspiration, laughter, and learning. Conference and banquet are $50, conference only is $35 and banquet only is $25.

For more information, contact Sandi Mackedanz, director of membership at (320) 252-2952, or (800) 955-6032, ext. 4564.


Youth advance to State NYWA Wrestling Tourney

W-Kimball-Youth-Wrestling-IMG 0705These Kimball youth will advance to the NYWA State Wrestling Tournament to be held in Rochester, Minn., April 4-6. From Left to right are Zack Holtz fifth
grade, second place; Ashton Hanan fourth grade, second place; Carter Holtz fourth grade, first place; and Mason Danelke Kindergarten, second place. Submitted photo.