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Published September 30, 2009, 12:00 AM

4-H students earn purple ribbons at livestock auction

Three 4-H students from Douglas County received purple ribbons at the Minnesota State Fair Livestock Auction – Heather Huwe, Katie Boesl and Kristi Schaffer.

Three 4-H students from Douglas County received purple ribbons at the Minnesota State Fair Livestock Auction – Heather Huwe, Katie Boesl and Kristi Schaffer.

Huwe, of Alexandria, had a middleweight market lamb selected for the honor. She is the daughter of Kevin and Lisa Huwe.

Boesl, of Brandon, had a champion Simmental selected for a purple ribbon. She is the daughter of Jeff and Julie Boesl.

Schaffer, of Brandon, earned a purple ribbon with her champion Duroc barrow. She is the daughter of Douglas and Deb Schaffer.

Quality animals, quality kids, and quality buyers made for another successful Purple Ribbon Auction, according to 4-H leaders.

The 30th annual parade of champion beef, lambs, goats and swine included 89 head and set a fast pace as bidders raised more than $305,000 in additional premium dollars for Minnesota 4-H youth and programs.

Proceeds from the auction go to the winning 4-H youth and 20 percent of the funds are designated to further Minnesota 4-H programs including animal science projects and the auction scholarships.

Key industry individuals and agribusiness supporters again matched premium dollars to help the Auction Scholarship Fund award 20 scholarships to young people preparing for careers in agriculture at institutes of higher learning.

The sale is sponsored annually by the Minnesota Livestock Breeders Association.

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