Welcome to North St. Louis County
North St. Louis County partners with Extension to deliver practical education and research you can use at home, at work and in your community.
4-H Youth Development is a hands-on learning program for Minnesota youth. We offer online, small group and independent learning experiences for youth of all ages. In 4-H, youth choose the topic they find interesting and caring adults support their learning and leadership. From agronomy to space exploration and creative arts to outdoor adventures, 4-H has just the right learning experience for young people.
There are many ways to participate in 4-H!
Find the latest on Extension agricultural research and news you can use on your farm from local experts.
Statewide news and blogs
- Agricultural Business Management News - Business and financial resources for farmers.
- Beef News - Beef industry featured events, farm safety and animal health.
- Dairy News - Dairy industry featured events, farm safety and animal health.
- Fruit and Vegetable News - Local production and marketing of fruit and vegetable crops in Minnesota.
- Minnesota Crop News - Emerging issues affecting Minnesota row crops and forages.
Gardening and horticulture
Connect with Extension
- Like and follow NSLC Extension on Facebook.
- Instagram: stlouiscountyextension
Have questions about gardening?
Horticulture Question Line
Call the Extension office Horticulture Question Line at 218-733-2870, ext. #2
Leave a message for our horticulture and agriculture educators and Extension Master Gardener volunteers.
Tune in for gardening advice
Listen to KDAL 610 radio on Tuesday mornings from 8-9 a.m. to hear Bob Olen of Extension talk about what you need to know to make your garden successful. Listeners are encouraged to call in with their questions.
Great Gardening on PBS
For more gardening advice tune in to Great Gardening on PBS North to watch Bob Olen and Tom Kasper answer viewer questions live and share their garden expertise. The show schedule and viewing information can be viewed on the WDSE website.
Become a Master Gardener
For information on becoming a Master Gardener in St. Louis County, call 218-733-2870 or email the Extension office.
Master Gardener events and programs
Gardening at the Library
Download or view the Extension Master Gardener list of gardening learning sessions taking place at the Duluth Public Library. This year's sessions are virtual until further notice.
- Report your hours
- Read the latest newsletter
- Program support and toolkits
- Access to EMG templates, resource library, and promotional resources
Bob Olen, county horticulturist
firstname.lastname@example.org or 218-733-2870
Troy Salzer, Extension educator, Agriculture
email@example.com or 218-749-7120
Horticulture Question Line
218-733-2870, Ext. #2
Connect with Extension
Like and follow NSLC Extension on Facebook.
Health and nutrition
Extension offers a variety of educational programs about nutrition and health in North St. Louis County. These programs are open to families and individuals of all ages who are eligible for benefits through the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or who meet Extension’s program income guidelines.
Programs are offered in community settings such as food shelves, schools, community centers and public housing sites. The programs are free to all individuals and families who meet income guidelines, and may be offered in multiple languages, depending on the audience needs and availability of educators.
Stay up to date with our health and nutrition news.
Find information that helps families make informed decisions leading to better health and wellbeing.
Extension's Center for Community Vitality engages Minnesotans to strengthen the social, civic, economic and technological capacity of their communities. We help create vibrant communities and enhance skills and knowledge in economics, leadership and civic engagement, and tourism.
Check our community research page for reports on county and community-focused topics relating to local economics, retaining businesses, growing retail markets, developing tourism, and more.
Local programs can be offered in collaboration with local community organizations and government agencies. Current programs include Minnesota Agricultural and Rural Leadership (MARL).
Contact an educator in your area for consultation, guidance and conversation about your community.
Minnesota is a great place to explore, understand and conserve the natural landscape. Extension education, volunteer and community science programs encourage people to become stewards of Minnesota’s public and private lands.
Extension's Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships (RSDP) connect Greater Minnesota communities and University of Minnesota knowledge and resources to support local sustainability projects.
Working in partnership, RSDP supports community-driven projects in four focus areas: agriculture and food systems, clean energy, natural resources, and resilient communities. Projects are supported by boards made up of local community members and University faculty and staff.
Join us at an event in your community.
Find opportunities to learn about the natural environment, how to care for your forest lands, and how you and your family can get out and explore nature around the state and in your own backyard.
Find information on community-focused news.
Find out how to take care of your trees and enjoy Minnesota's beautiful woodlands.
From preserving our wetlands to combating invasive species, read about protecting and enjoying nature.
Learn more about community-driven sustainability projects happening across Minnesota.
North St. Louis County Extension
Nicole Kudrle, Extension educator, 4-H Youth Development
firstname.lastname@example.org or 218-749-7120 or 218-404-6596 (cell)
Troy Salzer, Extension educator
email@example.com or 218-749-7120 (office) or 218-591-0478 (cell)
Chris Strand, SNAP-Ed educator
firstname.lastname@example.org or 218-471-7234 (office) or 218-966-8019 (cell)
Taryn Burnett, YIA Program Coordinator
burnettT2@stlouiscountymn.gov or 218-749-7119 (office) or 218-966-9061 (cell)
Angela Zavodnik, YIA Program Coordinator
email@example.com or 218-749-7114 (office) or 218-780-9109 (cell)
Mary Tennis, Extension office administrator
firstname.lastname@example.org or 218-733-2870
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