Tricounty News

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.


Snow Sculpture

A snow sculpture made on one of the few days nice enough to make anything out of snow, in December. Pictured are the creators, Suzie Robben (seated) and her daughters Hedy (at left) and Haley (at right) in Kimball. Submitted photo.Snow Snoopy


4-H Share the Fun and Performing Arts Day Feb. 23

Lights, camera, action! The 2014 Meeker County 4-H Share The Fun and Performing Arts Day will be held on Sunday afternoon, Feb. 23, in Bernie Aaker Auditorium at the Meeker County Family Services Center in Litchfield. Share The Fun will begin at 1 p.m. and Performing Arts at 2:30 p.m.

Share the Fun is a time for kids to share fun activities with 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 will have a great opportunity to share their talents. The 4-H Ambassadors will lead the day’s activities. Members from the following clubs will participate in Share the Fun skits: Danielson Hustlers, Dassel Lamplighters, Kimball Kruisers, Koronis Eager Beavers, and Valley Victors.

Performing Arts allows youth the opportunity to showcase their talents, build self-confidence, and have fun. Members will also participate in a wide variety of performing arts acts. This year, 24 individual and group acts are registered to perform. Performances will include: speeches, vocal solos, piano pieces, dance routines, and a wide variety of other musical instrument performances.

The first place winners will earn the opportunity to represent Meeker County 4-H at the 2014 Minnesota State Fair and Share the Fun Showcase. Come and watch Meeker County 4-H’ers “Share the Fun” and their talents.

Central Minnesota gains another Eagle

Only about four percent of Boy Scouts achieve the highest rank of Eagle Scout. Among the general population, it’s less than one percent.w-Hunter-Schreifels-Eagle-Scout

Hunter Schreifels joined an elite group Sunday afternoon at the Boy Scout Honor Court, a ceremony officially making him an Eagle Scout.

A public service project is part of the process getting to Eagle Scout. Hunter’s project was completed this past summer. He expanded the overhang over the concession stand at the Pearl Lake ball park, extending it about 10 feet to be even facing the field. He also put cement under the overhang, and there’s a fresh coat of paint on everything. The overhang project provides a place for fans to get out of the sun or rain.