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Dates to remember

Jan. 27: Hippology contest, Burleigh County

Jan. 27: Napoleon FFA Livestock and Crop Judging contest

Jan. 27: Southwest District 4-H Archery match, Bismarck

Jan. 30: Buying Bulls by the Numbers workshop, ARS Station, Mandan

Several North Dakota 4-H members brought home honors from the recent Western National Roundup in Denver.

The Western National Roundup is a place for youth to compete nationally in several contests, learn to work as team, and develop self-confidence and leadership skills, including critical thinking and independence.

The Morton County Hippology team of Katelyn Eisenbeis, Ashley Goldade, Brooke Heidrich and Morgan Henke placed second as the national reserve champion team.

Team and individual placings by category were:

• Examination/slides: team, third; Henke, seventh; Eisenbeis, 10th 

• Stations: team, first; Goldade, third; Henke, fifth; Heidrich, seventh; Eisenbeis, ninth

• Horse judging: team, sixth

• Team problem:sixth

• Overall:Henke, sixth; Goldade, seventh; Eisenbeis, ninth

Giving Hearts Day

The North Dakota 4-H Foundation is participating in the 2018 Giving Hearts Day, a 24-hour online fundraising event on Feb. 8, that benefits nonprofit organizations in North Dakota and western Minnesota.

Giving Hearts Day provides an opportunity for the North Dakota 4-H Foundation to support thousands of young people across the state who are positively affecting their local communities and state through their participation in 4-H.

The North Dakota 4-H Foundation is a nonprofit organization that secures and manages financial resources to support and expand North Dakota's 4-H programs and educational opportunities in areas such leadership development, animal and plant science, consumer and family science, healthy lifestyles, engineering and technology, environmental and earth sciences, citizenship and personal development, communication and expressive arts.

Research shows that youth who participate in 4-H do better in school, and they are four times more likely to contribute to their communities and two times more likely to make healthier choices.

Seven donors will match the first $8,000 raised through Giving Hearts Day: Peterson Farms Seed, Kupper Chevrolet-Subaru, Jim Kirkeide, David and Julie Hassebroek, Eric and Suzanne Lahlum, North Dakota Association of Extension 4-H Youth Workers and Great River Energy. The foundation's goal is to raise $30,000.

Supporting the North Dakota 4-H Foundation on Giving Hearts Day is an easy, three-step process: go to; click on "Donate"; choose the 4-H Foundation of North Dakota

The first Giving Hearts Day in 2008 generated online donations totaling $325,000 for local nonprofit organizations. In 2017, the event generated 50,920 donations to 360 charities and raised more than $10 million in 24 hours.

Karla Meikle is the Morton County Extension agent for 4-H Youth Development.