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North Shore 4-H Makes Tie Blankets for NICU and Animal Shelter

A large amount of fabric was recently donated to the North Shore 4-H club. Being service-oriented, the club decided to use the material to create tie blankets. According to club leader Vi Hanson, the tie blankets “are a simple project for anyone, and have a great impact.”

Due to the sizes of the fabric donated, making blankets large enough for adults or children was not an option. The resourceful 4-H’ers turned to two places that could use smaller blankets: the NICU and the animal shelter. North Shore 4-H was able to reach a larger number of community members by virtue of making more smaller blankets. Why the animal shelter? 4-H, and the North Shore 4-H club in particular, often involves animals in their projects, so they thought the animal shelter might be a good place to donate.

In 2012, Vi Hanson became the leader of the North Shore 4-H club, and club members meet monthly at Hanson’s home, Her­ringbone Farm. Meetings occur on the first Friday of the month and last for two hours. The club does a lot of community service, as well as a monthly project. Hanson explained that these projects can be individual, group, or community projects to be entered in the Lake County Fair. North Shore 4-H focuses on “all areas of 4-H”, including livestock.

4-H is for all youth from kindergarten through one year post-high school. Those interested in joining are encouraged to con­tact Tracey, the Lake County 4-H Program Coordinator, at turne275@umn.edu. Hanson encourages those that have friends in 4-H to connect with them and learn more. Another resource for more information is the Univer­sity of Minnesota 4-H Extension.

North Shore 4-H members chimed in their support for the program. “4-H is really, really fun. I’ve made many friends through 4-H and it’s very educational,” said one par­ticipant. Another said, “We all look forward to the Lake County Fair and it’s fun every year!” Yet another participant added, “You’ll learn things you didn’t know you needed to learn.”

Good work on the tie blankets, North Shore 4-H, and for fulfilling the 4-H pledge by devoting your head, heart, hands, and health to “my club, my community, my country, and my world.”

Haley Searls
Haley Searls
Hello! My name is Haley Searls. I’ve loved writing from an early age, though my nonfiction writing at five years old consisted mainly of weather and gardening reports. I still have some of those early articles: “It’s sunny.” “It’s still sunny.” “It’s raining.” I’m glad to say my writing has improved since then. I wrote a guest post for the Silver Bay Public Library blog, and was the writer/editor of the newsletter for my American Heritage Girls troop. I have been writing for the North Shore Journal since June 2022. Besides writing, I love reading, drawing, photography, music, and spending time with family and friends. Two books that have really influenced my writing are Reforming Journalism by Marvin Olasky and Writer to Writer by Bodie and Brock Thoene. As a journalist, I want to share positive community interactions and inspire people to make lasting connections. Article topics that interest me are ones which show community activities and involvement. Such articles include community events, youth accomplishments, library programming, small businesses, local history, local artists and authors, art programs, and cultural events such as theater and dance. If you have an article idea, email the North Shore Journal with my name in the subject line! I look forward to hearing from you!
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