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The Ottertail Lakers 4-H club (above), as well as the Butler 4-H club were named as the East Otter Tail County 4-H clubs of the year.

East Otter Tail County 4-H Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet was held on Sunday, Oct. 16th at the Henning Community Center. 

Premier exhibitors who were honored include: Brock Malone, Brandt Malone and Shadley Bunkowski. 

Federation President Caylee Seedorf called the annual meeting of EOT Federation  to order with the leading of the pledges.  The annual financial reports were given by Arewen Dobratz with membership accepting treasurer’s reports and the 2022-23 budget was approved.  

The installation of the 2022-2023 election of officers were:  President: Calylee Seedorf a member of Butler 4-H, Vice President:  Caroline Schwantes a member of the Butler 4-H, Secretary:  Lucey Minten a member of the Butler 4-H, Treasurer:  Arewen Dobratz a  member of the Country Bumpkins and Officer at Large:  Cade Strege a member of Ottertail Lakers.

Award winners include: 

  • 4-H Clubs of the year:  Ottertail Lakers and Butler 4-H 

  • Friend of 4-H:  Irene Seedorf 

  • 4-H Family of the Year:  Steve and Amanda Dobratz Family

  • Outstanding Club Leader:  Samantha Horn 

  • Outstanding Project Leaders:  Vicki Jacobson and Beth Niemi 

  • Outstanding Officer:  Caylee Seedorf 

  • Outstanding Treasurer’s Book: Arewen Dobratz

  • Outstanding Secretary’s Book: Caylee Seedorf

  • Amazing Ambassadors:  Caroline Schwantes and Caylee Seedorf 

  • Outstanding Youth Leader:  Alyvia Bunkowski 

  • Outstanding Records: 3-5 grade: first place Autumn Dobratz, second place Averie Dobratz; sixth grade and above:  first place Arewen Dobratz, second place Caroline Schwantes   

County Fair Overall Awards:

  • Small Animal Round Robin: Ella Horn, 

  • Large Animal Premiere Exhibitor Specie Champions

  • Senior Beef: Britney Loerzel, Junior Beef: Shadley Bunkowski 

  • Senior Dairy: Brandt Malone, Junior Dairy: Brock Malone

  • Senior Sheep: Moriah Geiser, Junior Sheep: Shadley Bunkowski 

  • Senior Swine: Britney Loerzel, Junior Swine: Shanua Geiser 

  • Overall Premier Exhibitor: Brandt Malone

  • Overall non-livestock Exhibitors: Grade: 3-5  Shauna Geiser, sixth grade and above Ella Hendrickson