Color image of 4-H club member Hannah Rolf showing off her three-year-old Holstein dairy cow at the Minnesota State Fair, 2015.

4-H club member and her prize-winning dairy cow at the Minnesota State Fair

4-H club member Hannah Rolf shows off her three-year-old Holstein dairy cow at the Minnesota State Fair, 2015.

4-H Clubs, West Polk County

Since their origin in 1902, 4-H clubs have helped American youth explore various professional fields—many related to farming—while mastering practical skills. In Minnesota’s West Polk County, 4-H branches formed in the late 1920s to train and inspire the next generation of local farmers.

Black and white photograph of Sugar beet cultivation in the Red River Valley, ca. 1940.

Sugar beet cultivation in the Red River Valley

Sugar beet cultivation in the Red River Valley, ca. 1940.

Black and white photograph of Mexican American migrant farm-worker children playing, ca. 1960.

Children of Mexican American migrant farm-workers

Children of Mexican American migrant farm-workers, ca. 1960.

Black and white photograph of Mexican American migrant farm-worker children playing, ca. 1960.

Children of Mexican American migrant farm-workers

Children of Mexican American migrant farm-workers at play, ca. 1960.

Black and white photograph of a Mexican American migrant farm worker harvesting asparagus near Owatonna, ca. 1955.

Mexican American migrant farm worker

A Mexican American migrant farm worker harvesting asparagus near Owatonna, ca. 1955.

Black and white photograph of Seppman Mill, ca. 1890.

Seppman Mill

Seppman Mill, ca. 1890. The four wood and sailcloth arms were destroyed over time but were never replaced after the 1890 storm.

Black and white photograph of Home Economic projects displayed on Parents’ Day, November 1934.

Project display on Parents’ Day

Home Economic projects displayed on Parents’ Day, November 1934. Displays showcased canned goods, preserves, sewing; pure seed production; farm tractor cost records; weed identification techniques; and farm and garden produce.

Black and white photograph of a translator with three Ojibwe men. The Ojibwe leader Miskogwan (Red Feather) stands on the far right. Northwest School of Agriculture Dedication Day, October 5, 1920.

Participants in NWSA Dedication Day

Three Ojibwe men with a translator. The Ojibwe leader Miskogwan (Red Feather) stands on the far right. Northwest School of Agriculture Dedication Day, October 5, 1920.

Black and white photograph of the flooded NWSA campus during the 1920s.

Flooded NWSA campus

The flooded NWSA campus during the 1920s. Earlier, it had been known to locals as a good duck-hunting grounds.

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