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A day filled with attending a play and enjoying outside activities.

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4-H Art Barn is coming back. This is a fun opportunity to create from the comfort of your home.

Looking for Steele County 4-H'ers who have completed 9th grade or higher and would like to provide leadership to the 4-H youth development program events and activities at the Steele County Fair in 2021.

Registration for the Steele County Fair is open now through July 15. County fair registration will be done in the FairEntry online registration website. All projects must be entered by families in FairEntry by July 15. The online system will close at 11:59 pm on July 15.

Have you ever wondered why you feel good after working in the garden? There is scientific research that shows spending time outside is good for not only our bodies but our minds as well.

Most gardeners are nature lovers and therefore love their feathered friends. In your selection of plants to grow, have you ever considered growing your own birdseed?


As fieldwork has mostly wrapped up for the year, farmers are making their plans for next year’s growing season. I get an influx of calls about average rental rates this time of year, because agricultural leases play an important role in many farming operations. The number of farm operators who rent land continues to rise as farmland is transitioned to owners who do not farm. Farmland rental rates are usually the largest input cost a farmer has, and staying informed about the different types of rental agreements and the factors that affect rent is beneficial for farmers and landowners alike.

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