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Raising a Thinking Child Workshop Coming to Webster Elementary School

Raising a Thinking Child Flyer

Raising a Thinking Child uses the I Can Problem Solve approach for parents and caregivers of children ages 4-7.  The eight week workshop will be held on Thursday evenings starting on March 2, 2017 from 5:30 pm – 7pm.  Childcare and an evening meal will be provided at no cost.  Families who attend all 8 sessions will receive a $100 VISA gift card.  The program is open to no more than ten families so register today!  Register by calling Beth Rank, UW-Extension 4-H Youth & Family Development Educator, at 715-349-2151, ext. 2 by the February 9th deadline.

Wisconsin 4-H Foundation 2017 Scholarship Application Guidelines


The Wisconsin 4-H Foundation will award more than $10,000 in scholarships to outstanding Wisconsin students pursuing higher education in 2017.  To be considered for financial support, applications must be received by the Wisconsin 4-H Foundation via email by March 15, 2017.

Wisconsin 4-H Foundation scholarships are awarded to students based on demonstrated personal growth, development and leadership, academic performance and future educational goals.

To be eligible for Wisconsin 4-H Foundation scholarships, students must have been a Wisconsin 4-H member for at least one year; have a grade point average of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale, and be enrolled or planning to enroll at a university, college or technical school during the 2017-2018 academic school year.

All applications must adhere to the strict conventions outlined below. Any application that does not meet these requirements (including all document names) will not be considered. All documents must be attachments to the email; Google docs or any cloud/internet shared documents will be NOT be accepted.


Applications must be emailed to scholarships@wis4hfoundation.org.  Applications will consist of:

  1. Résumé
  • Applicant’s name and contact information (including county where the applicant is/was a 4-Her) at the top of the page
  • Not to exceed one page
  • No less than 3/4–inch margins and using type no smaller than 10 points
  • Suggested résumé headings include: Career Goals, School Experience, Work Experience, 4-H Experience, Leadership Experience, Activities Outside of 4-H
  • Résumés must be either a Word Document or a PDF and must be named Applicant Last Name Résumé (example: Smith Résumé)
  1. Cover Letter
  • Applicant’s name and contact information (including county where the applicant is/was a 4-Her) at the top of the page
  • Not to exceed one page
  • No less than 3/4–inch margins and using type no smaller than 10 points
  • Cover letters should include information relevant to the application, including how 4-H made an impact and how skills learned in 4-H will be used in the future. The strongest cover letters expand on information on the résumé; they don’t repeat the same information.
  • Cover letters must be either a Word Document or a PDF and must be named Applicant Last Name Cover Letter (example: Smith Cover Letter) and attached to the email.
  1. List of 4-H projects in which the applicant participated
  • Applicant’s name and contact information (including county where the applicant is/was a 4-Her) at the top of the page
  • Not to exceed one page
  • No less than 3/4–inch margins and using type no smaller than 10 points
  • The project list should be in order of importance to the 4-Her, with the most important projects at the top of the list. This does not need to be a complete list of every project ever taken by the 4-Her.
  • Project list must be either a Word Document or a PDF and must be named Applicant Last Name Project List (example: Smith Project List)
  1. One recent photo of the applicant preferably at a 4-H event or working on a 4-H project
  • Photo must be 5” x 7” or less and may be snapshots or professional photos
  • Photo should be clear and, while other people may be in the photo, the applicant must be prominent
  • Photo must be submitted electronically and titled Applicant Last Name Photo (example: Smith Photo)
  • Photo may be used for promotional purposes

Résumés and cover letters with extreme quantities of text will be disqualified – documents with the most words will not receive preference!

Résumés, cover letters, project lists (a total of three pages) and one photo must be received by the Wisconsin 4-H Foundation via email on or before March 15, 2017.  Applications received after March 15, 2017 (as time stamped in the email), and any USPS mailed applications will not be considered. Apply early to avoid any confusion.

Selection Process

A panel of experienced youth advisors will screen the applications and select finalists.  Applications chosen as finalists will be screened by a second panel comprised of 4-H and youth development experts.  The finalist applications will be ranked.  The 4-H Foundation will assign available scholarships to the top-ranking applications based on scholarship criteria (example: scholarships are available for specific geographical areas and project areas).


Applicants who are awarded scholarships will be notified by postal letter and/or email in May.  This letter will include information about how to access the scholarship.  Scholarship awardees are required to send a thank-you note to the scholarship sponsor.  Scholarship recipients and portions of their application materials (including their photo) may be featured in Wisconsin 4-H Foundation materials.


Call or email the Wisconsin 4-H Foundation:  608-262-1597 or info@wis4hfoundation.org.

Patty Close Named 2015 Wisconsin 4-H Key Award Winner

Patty Close, of Wood Creek 4-H Club, has been selected as the Burnett County Wisconsin 4-H Key Award winner for 2015.

Patty Close, Wisconsin 4-H Key Award 2015 Recipient

Patty Close, Wisconsin 4-H Key Award 2015 Recipient

The prestigious Key Award, one of the highest recognitions a 4-H member can receive, honors a select group of 4-H participants annually.  The youth receiving this award are those who have demonstrated consistent growth in their 4-H involvement, developed and applied their leadership skills, and actively participated in their club and community.

According to Burnett County 4-H Youth Development Educator, Beth Rank, Patty exemplifies the goals and values of the Wisconsin 4-H Program.  An 11th grader, Patty is in her 8th year as a 4-H member.  She has been awarded Winter Camp, Wisconsin 4-H & Youth Conference, Citizen Washington Focus, and National Congress trips.  She is an active member of Burnett County Junior Leaders’ Association.  Patty’s projects include Foods & Nutrition (8 years), Horse (8 years), Youth Leadership (5 years), and Photography (3 years).

Key Award recipients are high school students with at least three years of experience in 4-H and one year as a youth leader.  In Burnett County, youth apply for the Key Award by submitting a resume, cover letter, and interviewing with the Awards Committee.

Burnett County UW-Extension congratulates Patty for the recognition of her 4-H achievements and for winning the Wisconsin 4-H Key Award.

Jolly H 4-H Club Earns Community Service Award

The 2015 winner of the Club Community Service Award was announced at the Achievement Celebration on November 1.  Jolly H 4-H Club was chosen for their participation in Adopt-A-Highway, National Night Out/Grantsburg, Pasture Sale for the Grantsburg Fair Board, and for the large flower boxes they made from recycled materials and donated to the Grantsburg Ambulance Service and Grantsburg Fire Department.  Thank you Jolly Hers for your contributions to your community!

Jolly Hers and their recycled wood planters

Service projects are part of Burnett County 4-H culture.  A few other projects include: Wood Creek 4-H Club’s dog pull toys for the Humane Society, Orange 4-H Club’s Salvation Army bell ringing, and Wood River Beaver 4-H Club’s caroling at Grantsburgs Continuing Care Center.

2016 Plat Books Now Available

The 2016 Burnett County plat book includes road and property maps, as well as aerial photos, for each township.  All profits go towards supporting 4-H youth programs.  Plat books may be purchased at the County Clerk’s office in the Burnett County Government Center for $32 (includes tax).  Plat books may also be purchased by mail for $39 (includes tax and shipping).  Please make out your check to “Burnett County” and mail it to:  Plat Book, 7410 County Road K #105, Siren, WI 54872.  Private vendors who will also be selling the 2016 plat books include: Big Mike’s (Siren), Log Cabin Store (Danbury), Burnett County Sentinel (Grantsburg), The Main Store (Webb Lake), and Inter-County Leader (Siren, Frederic, Shell Lake, and St. Croix Falls).  For out-of-state and tax exempt information, contact the Clerk’s Office at 715-349-2173.

Care and Mainenance of Residential Septic Systems

University of Wisconsin-Extension Publication B3583

  • Diagram of residential septic system
  • How septic systems work
  • Maintenance and Pumping
  • Sludge and scum build-up
  • Non-degradable materials
  • Waste water volume
  • Bacteria
  • Additives
  • Drainfield
  • Warning signs

Forest Fast Breaks Videos

Forest Fast Breaks are concise, engaging animated YouTube shorts that simplify complex forestry topics. The videos highlight forest ecology, sustainable forest management practices, and the environmental benefits of utilizing wood in consumer products and as a building material. Videos are suitable for third grade through adult learners.

Forest Fast Breaks