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Nobles County 4-H receives AgStar grant

AgStar presented a $3,000 grant to Nobles County 4-H on Saturday. The funds, awarded through an application process, were used to make repairs to McCarvel Hall and Olson Arena. Julie Buntjer/Daily Globe

The AgStar Fund for Rural America, the corporate giving program of AgStar Financial Services, awarded $3,000 to Nobles County 4-H Saturday during the county fair. The funds will help update both the 4-H food stand in McCarvel Hall and Olson Arena.

The mission of the AgStar Fund is to support rural areas and county fair organizations as upgrades or maintenance are done on fairground livestock buildings, 4-H buildings or livestock judging arenas. Each county in AgStar’s 69-county service area is eligible to apply for a grant of up to $3,000 if it has not received a grant in the last two years.

“It’s often a struggle for many county fair organizations to manage the upkeep of old fairground buildings,” explained John Monson, chairman of AgStar’s Fund Board of Trustees. “AgStar is proud to support these update projects because we believe county fairs are vital to the agricultural community. It’s an honor to partner with these organizations and continue to see them prosper.”

Since its inception in 2001, the AgStar Fund has donated more than $5 million to organizations working to improve the future of rural America.

Julie Buntjer

Julie Buntjer joined the Globe newsroom in December 2003, after working more than nine years for weekly newspapers. A native of Worthington, she has a bachelor's degree in agriculture journalism. Find more of her stories of farm life, family and various other tidbits at

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