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Forty-five youth from Scott County took the opportunity to demonstrate their hard work at the 2021 Minnesota State Fair. Twenty-two youth loaded up animals to compete at the Livestock Encampment Aug. 25-29, and 27 youth displayed stationary projects in the 4-H Building on the State Fair campus.

When I went to my hometown last weekend to visit my parents, I brought back a box full of pictures. There are several hundred photos in the box, spanning a timeframe from my great-grandparents through my own kids. Most of the pictures are of my parents, eights siblings, and me growing up in …

Every now and then I get an opportunity to work with a species that I don’t have much hands-on experience with. These are often rare or endangered species or a species that is difficult to access and lives in areas that makes it hard to get close to.

I am no stranger to traveling hundreds or even thousands of miles to see, study and document some of nature's most wonderful events. For over 35 years I have traveled to see the epic migration of sandhill cranes in Nebraska, stunning flocks of snow geese in North Dakota and remarkable monarc…