4-H beef record kept by Worthwhile 4-H Club member Glen Torkelson, 1947.

4-H beef record kept by Glen Torkelson

4-H beef record kept by Worthwhile 4-H Club member Glen Torkelson, 1947.

4-H family garden record kept by Worthwhile 4-H Club member Glen Torkelson, 1945.

4-H family garden record kept by Glen Torkelson

4-H family garden record kept by Worthwhile 4-H Club member Glen Torkelson, 1945.

Minnesota 4-H logo. The 4 Hs represent head, heart, hands, and health.

Minnesota 4-H logo

Minnesota 4-H logo. The 4 Hs represent head, heart, hands, and health.

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.

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