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Nobles County 4-H results from the Minnesota State Fair

Paula Dykstra
Paula Dykstra of the Elk Tip Toppers 4-H Club exhibited the reserve champion total merit Brown Swiss heifer at the Minnesota State Fair during the livestock encampment, Aug. 25-28, 2022.
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FALCON HEIGHTS — Dozens of Nobles County 4-H'ers competed in livestock shows and static project judging during the 2022 Minnesota State Fair, Aug. 25 through Sept. 5, at the fairgrounds in Falcon Heights.
Following is a list of results:

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BEEF: Breeding Heifer: Abigail Reetz, Elk Tip Toppers, registered spring calf, first in class, interview finalist. Anna Gordon, Elk Tip Toppers, registered junior yearling, reserve champion other breeds heifer, interview finalist; Mackenzie DeGroot, Clovers, commercial junior yearling, second in class; Faith White, Graham Lakes Braves, commercial junior yearling, second in class; Brynn Bullerman, Grand Prairie Rockets, registered Black Angus senior yearling, first in class; Bailey Ponto, Okabena Bees, registered Shorthorn junior yearling, seventh in class. Cow-Calf: Alexa Kilker, Clovers, reserve champion commercial beef cow-calf pair, interview finalist; Madeline Wagner, Grand Prairie Rockets, champion Black Angus cow-calf pair, third overall cow-calf pair. Market Steer: Dylan Schuett, Indian Lake Progressives, fourth in class, interview finalist; Taylor Ponto, Okabena Bees, registered Shorthorn, third in class; Emma Hietbrink, Elk Tip Toppers, crossbreds and other breeds, fifth in class. Prospect Heifer Calf: Autumn Luinenburg, Okabena Bees, fourth in class; Bree Luinenburg, Okabena Bees, fifth in class. Prospect Steer Calf: Charlie Hieronimus, Okabena Bees, first in class; Mia Hieronimus, Okabena Bees, eighth in class; Montana Wilson, Elk Tip Toppers, third in class. Showmanship: The following received participation ribbons: Bailey Ponto, Anna Gordon, Abigail Reetz, Mackenzie DeGroot, Faith White, Brynn Bullerman, Bree Luinenburg, Autumn Luinenburg, Mia Hieronimus, Charlie Hieronimus, Alexa Kilker, Montana Wilson, Taylor Ponto and Emma Hietbrink.

CHILD & FAMILY DEVELOPMENT: Ella Wempen, Grand Prairie Rockets, purple.

CRAFTS & FINE ARTS: Dayna McCuen, Rushmore Central Hustlers, blue; Jasmine Noerenberg, Clovers, blue; Bryly McCuen, Rushmore Central Hustlers, blue; Lane Hoffman, Okabena Bees, blue; Katelyn Frodermann, Grand Prairie Rockets, blue; Aeryal McInnis, Rushmore Central Hustlers, blue.

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DAIRY: Coyer Robinson, Okabena Bees, Jersey winter or fall calf, red; Liv VanderKooi, Okabena Bees, Jersey winter or fall calf, red; interview finalist. Paula Dykstra, Elk Tip Toppers, Brown Swiss winter or fall calf, blue, reserve champion total merit Brown Swiss Heifer; Austin Henning, Grand Prairie Rockets, Milking Shorthorn winter or fall calf, red; Jacob Timmer, Grand Prairie Rockets, registered Holstein winter yearling, purple; Elijah Robinson, Okabena Bees, Holstein grade cow five years and older, red. Holstein grade winter calf: Trent Dykstra, Elk Tip Toppers, blue; Whitney Henning, Grand Prairie Rockets, red. Holstein grade fall calf: Stephanie Dykstra, Elk Tip Toppers, blue; Jacob Henning, Grand Prairie Rockets, blue; Cassidy Madison, Okabena Bees, blue.

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FOODS & NUTRITION: Kaitlyn Taylor, Rushmore Central Hustlers, blue; Morgan Reetz, Elk Tip Toppers, blue.

HOME ENVIRONMENT: Damon John, Grand Prairie Rockets, blue.

FLOWER GARDENING: Addison Wieneke, Grand Prairie Rockets, blue.

GOAT: Grace Barber, Elk Tip Toppers, Nigerian Dwarf dry yearling doe, blue, showmanship - blue; Claire Hoffman, Okabena Bees, senior meat breeding doe kid, blue, showmanship - participation.

INDOOR GARDENING: Faith White, Graham Lakes Braves, blue.

LLAMA/ALPACA: Faith White, Graham Lake Braves, showmanship, blue; obstacle course, red; public relations, red; costume, blue; fleece, blue.

NEEDLE ARTS: Quinn Steve, Grand Prairie Rockets, purple; Kaylee Taylor, Rushmore Central Hustlers, blue.

PERFORMING ARTS: Jocelyn Horn, Grand Prairie Rockets, purple, blue.

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PRESENTATION: Joshua Horn, Grand Prairie Rockets, blue.

SCIENCE INQUIRY: Luke Barber, Elk Tip Toppers, blue; Brylin Boltjes, Rushmore Central Hustlers, blue.

SHEEP: Market Lamb: Logan Barber, Elk Tip Toppers, black face, purple; Karissa Bickett, Elk Tip Toppers, black face, blue. Ewe Lamb: Grant Wieneke, Grand Prairie Rockets, black face, purple; Addison Wieneke, Grand Prairie Rockets, white and speckle face, purple; Alysha Wieneke, Grand Prairie Rockets, white and speckle face, purple. Showmanship: The following received participation ribbons: Addison Wieneke, Alysha Wieneke, Grant Wieneke and Logan Barber.

SWINE: February Breeding Gilt: Kaston Clarke, Graham Lakes Braves, registered Duroc, purple, interview finalist. January Breeding Gilt: Torrin Clarke, Graham Lakes Braves, purple, reserve champion breeding gilt senior showmanship, interview finalist; Colby Darling, Okabena Bees, purple; Jack Rahe, Grand Prairie Rockets, blue, interview finalist. Crossbred February Gilt: Cheyenna John, Grand Prairie Rockets, blue. Market Barrow: Ava McCoy, Elk Tip Toppers, registered Duroc, purple; Luke Gordon, Elk Tip Toppers, registered Yorkshire, blue; Molly Clarke, Graham Lakes Braves, crossbred, purple; Wesley Widboom, Elk Tip Toppers, crossbred, purple. Market Gilt: Damon John, Grand Prairie Rockets, blue; Cooper McCoy, Elk Tip Toppers, purple; Myranda Widboom, Elk Tip Toppers, blue; Riley Widboom, Elk Tip Toppers, purple, fifth place market gilt advanced showmanship.

TECHNOLOGY: Joshua Horn, Grand Prairie Rockets, blue.

WOODWORKING: Emma Hietbrink, Elk Tip Toppers, blue; Drew Wempen, Grand Prairie Rockets, blue; Grant Wieneke, Grand Prairie Rockets, purple.

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Julie Buntjer became editor of The Globe in July 2021, after working as a beat reporter at the Worthington newspaper since December 2003. She has a bachelor's degree in agriculture journalism from South Dakota State University.
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