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  • Students make a splash with STEM!

    August 29, 2014 | Tracy D’Augustino | Individuals from Alpena, Alcona and Iosco counties came together with a splash in Harrisville for the STEM Community Days, August 13 – 15, 2014.

  • Reflecting on your fair experience

    August 29, 2014 | Julie Thelen | Showing animals at the fair is one of the most memorable summer youth experiences. Taking time to look back and evaluate the experience allows for optimum learning and self-improvement.

  • Are calories good or bad?

    August 28, 2014 | B'Onko Sadler | Everyone knows there are calories in our food, but what do you really know about calories and their importance in our diets?

  • Is your food nutrient dense or just empty calories?

    August 28, 2014 | B'Onko Sadler | What’s in your food – nutrients or just calories? Knowing might make you reevaluate things you consume on a regular basis.

  • How to keep your pet friendly

    August 28, 2014 | Taylor Fabus | Correctly training your pets can be tricky but will pay off in the end. Keep your dog friendly and your visitors safe by following these simple steps.

  • What does the judge really mean?

    August 28, 2014 | Julie Thelen | If you have sat around the ring at a county fair or been moving an animal around the show ring, you have heard the comments of the judge. Knowing what those comments mean will help you learn more about the animal project.

  • The steps of collective visioning: Part 2

    August 28, 2014 | Makena Shultz | Carrying out the collective visioning process in your community.

  • Using combination bits with horses

    August 28, 2014 | Taylor Fabus | Continuing on our series on horse bits, here we’ll learn about combination bits!

  • Be strategic in adding leadership skills to your experiences this school year!

    August 27, 2014 | Sara Keinath | Back-to-school is a great time for thinking about what kind of after-school experiences you want to have this next year.

  • Fundraising the healthy way

    August 27, 2014 | Michelle Neff | Many schools, sports groups and youth organizations fund raise to earn money for their programs. This article explores different ways to raise funds that don’t put unhealthy treats and food into the community.

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