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Read article: Making family mealtimes happen
Making family mealtimes happen
With many families in back-to-school busy mode, it can sometimes be difficult to enjoy having meals together. However, research shows that having...
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Read article: Ideas for youth to explore and connect with nature
Ideas for youth to explore and connect with nature
Spending time in nature is beneficial to our health and well-being. It can improve our mood, make us feel more relaxed, help us be more active, and...
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Read article: Tips for a fun family night in July
Tips for a fun family night in July
It’s hard to think about the 4th of July without visions of flags and fireworks appearing.  The holiday event is rich with traditions that help us...
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Read article: Promoting child independence in the kitchen
Promoting child independence in the kitchen
As a parent of two kids ages six and nine, I sometimes have to remind myself to stop doing everything for them. Rather it is my job to teach them the...

News Releases

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Students learn career and financial skills with Illinois Extension and 4-H
GILMAN, Ill. — Nearly 200 students from Central, Donovan, Milford, Iroquois West, and Watseka high schools met at Iroquois West High School on September 20, 2023, for a Welcome to the Real World Simulation. The simulation is the culminating event of the Welcome to the Real World...
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Jo Daviess County 4-H will host "Information Night"
Elizabeth, Ill. – Illinois 4-H is the flagship youth program for the University of Illinois Extension and the largest out-of-school youth organization in Illinois. 4-H youth development programs in Jo Daviess County challenge youth to “learn by doing” with fun, hands-on activities. Kids can...
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Illinois 4-H Honors Jo Daviess County Volunteers
Elizabeth, Ill. - Illinois 4-H honors and celebrates extraordinary 4-H alumni, volunteers, and former 4-H staff. Two volunteers from Jo Daviess County were honored during the 2023 Illinois State Fair. Those honored have a track record of exemplary service to 4-H or outstanding career and...