Tricounty News

St. John’s Prep Discovery Day Oct. 4

Families interested in learning about the innovative curriculum, and other opportunities at St. John’s Prep, are encouraged to attend the upcoming Discovery Day on Friday, Oct. 4.  Students currently in grades 5-11 are welcome to attend classes, meet the teachers and students, and experience what it’s like to be a part of the St. John’s Prep community. Parents are also invited to attend information session with administrators of the school.

Guest students arrive before 8 a.m. and are matched with a “host” student for the day. The Middle School (for incoming grades 6-8) Discovery Day ends after lunch at approximately 12:30 p.m. For the Upper School (for incoming grades 9-12), Discovery Day guests are invited to spend the entire day in classes.

Registration for Discovery Day is required. Call us today at (320) 363-3321. Due to limited space, we encourage interested families to apply now for the 2014-15 academic year.

Founded in 1857, St. John’s Prep is a Catholic/Benedictine, co-ed, private day and boarding school, providing students of all faiths in grades 6-12, with a college-preparatory curriculum. For more information, visit, or call (320) 363-3321.

Valley Victors share animals at Hilltop

The Valley Victors 4-H came to Hilltop Health Care Center in August to bring up farm animals for the residents to see. They had a variety of animals, including a calf, goats, sheep, rabbits, chicks and a dog. The residents enjoyed petting and W-Hilltop-HC-4-H-2holding them. Several of the animals were shown at the Meeker County Fair.


Meeker County 4-H shooting sports

Meeker County 4-H’ers participate in state 4-H Shooting Sports & Wildlife InvitationalW-state-shoot-trap-team

The 2013 Minnesota 4-H State Shooting Sports & Wildlife Invitational was held in Alexandria in Douglas County Sept. 6-8. From 51 counties, 746 youth participated in the following events: BB gun, Standard Air Rifle, 3 Position Air Rifle, Air Pistol, .22 Rifle, Muzzleloading, Trap, Silhouette, Wildlife Calling, Skill-a-thon and Conservation/Wildlife Displays throughout the weekend. Youth had the opportunity to showcase their skills that have been learned throughout the past year, as they spent 15 or more hours working with a trained 4-H instructor in their discipline(s) of interest. Each county exhibits a conservation and wildlife project completed by its county’s participants. This year’s project from Meeker County was based on the bird feeder project that our 4-H’ers led at County Fair. This project received 90 out of a 100 possible points. This was the second year that Meeker County 4-H’ers have participated in the event.


4-H State Fair Dairy Judging Contest

Hundreds of Minnesota 4-H’ers spent their summer evenings looking at dairy cattle in an effort to determine the best animal and the reason to place one animal over another. Experience in judging livestock helps a participant select future projects and replacements for their own herd ventures. The judging experience truly helps 4-H members base their decisions on sound reasons and implement several new life skills. The intermediate dairy judging division includes 4-H members who have completed 6th – 8th grade. This year, there were 48 participants from 13 teams competing in the intermediate dairy judging contest. The senior dairy judging division includes 4-H members who have completed 9th grade – one year post-high school. This year, there were 63 individuals representing 14 teams competing in the senior dairy judging contest.


4-H youth shine at 2013 Minnesota State Fair

Meeker County 4-H’ers demonstrate their knowledge and skills in the 4-H BuildingW-State-Fair-071

Minnesota 4-H’ers from 87 counties exhibited more than 2,800 projects that were judged in the 4-H Building at the 2013 Minnesota State Fair. These 4-H’ers all placed high at their county fairs with their projects, thereby earning them the top honor of showing at the State Fair this year.

Education is integral in the “learn by doing” philosophy of 4-H. Though the projects shown at fairs during the summer get a lot of attention, 4-H is really about developing “purple ribbon kids” throughout the year. Participation in 4-H provides all 4-H youth with critical experiences and skills - such as communicating, problem solving, and decision making – which will serve them throughout their lives.