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April-June 2020

Quarterly Narrative

4H and Youth Development

April 6th: Danielle attended the Dickey County    4-H Council Meeting.

April: Danielle and Shirlene partook in the 4-H Online and Fair Entry trainings.

April 20-24th: Volunteer Week recognition was sent out from our office in the form of Thank You cards to our volunteers. Cards were well received and popular.

April 26th: Danielle judged LaMoure County’s Communication Arts via Zoom.

May 21st: Danielle created Facebook videos of her children completing Rube Goldberg challenges to entice 4-Hers to do the same.

May 26th: County Communication Arts contest was held at the Guelph gym under the NDSU recommended guidelines for Face-to-Face events. Eight 4-Hers challenged themselves to compete.

June 3rd: District Communication Arts contest was held virtually. Four 4-Hers from Dickey County achieved participation in the district competition.

June 16th: Danielle hosted a 4-H meeting to discuss the Dickey County 4-H Fair schedule. The committee discussed new ideas of activities for the youth to engage and how to make the weekend fun and relaxing for the families during COVID-19.

June 25th: LaMoure County held their 4-H Horse Achievement Days in which three Dickey County 4-Hers participated. Intern Samantha Pernsteiner lent a hand to help.

June 18th: Danielle taught a lesson on Birding to youth who participated in the Extension Youth Conference—virtual edition.

Agriculture and Natural Resources

Dickey County Extension was one of a few counties blessed with an ANR Intern this summer. Samantha Pernsteiner has been a huge asset to our county’s 4H Youth Development. We THANK Sam for all of her knowledge and help. 

Samantha is going to be a senior in the Fall at NDSU, majoring in Agricultural Economics with a minor in Animal Science. She is heavily involved in organizations on campus including: President of the Agribusiness Club, Vice President of the Saddle and Sirloin, Agriculture Ambassador for the College of Agriculture and an active member of Collegiate Cattlewomen’s Club.  

Samantha is expected to graduate with her Bachelor’s in the Spring of 2021. After graduation, Samantha’s plans are to move back to the Ellendale area and find a job that allows her to work with agricultural. 

Week of June 1st: Samantha started her internship with the Dickey County Extension office. She hit the ground running her first week on the job. She got the opportunity to shadow under Julianne Racine in LaMoure County. The first week Samantha went on house calls to look at trees and then at the end of the week, she wrote the Stump the Agent column with the guidance of Julianne about the calls they had gotten that week. Samantha attended the County Commissioner Meeting for Dickey County and 4-H Council meeting for LaMoure County via zoom.  

Week of June 8th: Samantha started working on stuff for the Dickey County Achievement Days. She talked to businesses to see if they would like to sponsor belt buckles for the Achievement Days. She met with the Dickey County Health District to go over the guidance plan she created for the Achievement Days. She called around to find the best way to have a premium sale for the Achievement Days, since the fair events were postponed till next summer.  

Week of June 15th: Samantha developed the format they used for the Premium Sale for the achievement days. She drafted a postcard, letter and a catalog with the help from Danielle and Shirlene. Danielle and Samantha went to the County Commissioner meeting to explain what they were doing for the Achievement Days. Danielle and Samantha attended the 4-H Council meeting for Dickey County. Samantha wrote a press release for the Dickey County Achievement Days to update the community on what was happening. Samantha went crop scouting and tested water samples with Julianne Racine in LaMoure.  

Week of June 22nd: Samantha assigned static judges to project areas and sent them a letter informing them how static judging would look, 

with the assistance from Shirlene. Dickey County youth combined with LaMoure County for the 4-H Horse Show that was in Edgeley. Samantha helped the judge in the ring and learned how to run a horse show. Julianne and Samantha went on three house calls to look at possible herbicide drift on trees and gardens.  

Week of June 29th: Samantha put together the Ag Extension Newsletter for June- August for Dickey County and sent that out to producers that same week. Dickey County youth combined with LaMoure County for Consumer Decision Making held in LaMoure. Danielle and Samantha both helped out with CDM.  

Week of July 6th: ACHIEVEMENT DAY WEEK. Samantha created social media posts for the CDM results, 4-H horse show results and weeds. Samantha spent the week getting the final touches together and setting up for the achievement days. Static judging was Friday afternoon and the Livestock show was Sunday.  

Week of July 13th: Samantha spent her week making social media posts, photo albums and video collages from the weekend’s events.Samantha and Julianne looked at a garden and some fields looking at possible herbicide drift. Samantha talked with Terry Weis from the Weed Board about the cost share program.  

Week of July 20th: Samantha was the only “agent” in the office this week, Danielle and Julianne were on vacation. Dickey County youth combined with LaMoure County for state CDM held in LaMoure. Samantha got her first ag questions in Dickey County this week, she had an insect and tree question. Samantha looked at trees in LaMoure County and was in communication with the specialist to find out what the problem was.

Samantha wrote the Stump the Agent column this week for LaMoure County. She put together a concession stand for the open show that the fair board held on Sunday. The concession stand was a fundraiser and the Dickey County Ambassadors worked the concession stand.  

Week of July 27th: Samantha spent the  day calling businesses in the area to see if they would be interested in donating to the premium sale. Samantha shadowed Jodi Bruns about her job and learned a lot about the amazing programs Jodi can offer Dickey County.  

Plans for the rest of the summer: Samantha is helping Julianne develop a tree program in LaMoure County that will hopefully take place this fall. She is shadowing other Ag agents in Barnes County and McIntosh County. She hopes to wrap up stuff with the premium sale donation from achievement days. Samantha’s last day of her internship is August 14th.  

Family Community Wellness

April 8th: Danielle created a Handwashing Experiment via Facebook Live to demonstrate the necessity of handwashing.

April 9th: Danielle attended the first of many meetings with a committee gathered to develop a Virtual Kids Cooking School. Plans were put in place to develop programming suitable for children.

May: Danielle participated in the annual FCW Spring Training virtually. Training was held twice weekly throughout the month.

May 25th: Danielle worked with youth in Oakes to move/replant the Nuts about Nature Garden at the Oakes Public School. The garden “revamp” was funded by NDSU Extension Junior Master Gardeners.

June 22nd: Danielle published one of many videos on food preparation created from home.  See the attached YouTube video below on the Yummy Peach Smoothie.


June 22nd: Danielle also created and published a video for NDSU Extension titled Sunrise Smoothie. The video will be available on NDSU Extension’s YouTube channel. The video was also well-received on Facebook.

General Extension

April 2nd: Danielle attended a meeting with the Central District Director here in Ellendale.

May 14th and 21st: Shirlene attended two webinars on Ergonomics in the Office.




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