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4-H club members share their thoughts

The Meckling Livestock 4-H Club celebrated 4-H Week Oct. 2-8. Members have written down their thoughts on 4-H.

"I like 4-H because I have friends in it and I like the events we do."

"My favorite thing about 4-H is riding on the float in the Dakota Days parade."

"4-H is fun and I like to be on the float. I also like doing demonstrations."

"I really like judging and showing livestock."

"My favorite thing about 4-H is being able to meet people from all over, and also defending my sheep showmanship."

"I like 4-H because I learn new skills in Fashion Revue, I learn more about exhibiting through judging, and I like meeting new people."

"My favorite thing about 4-H is going to county and state fair. I like meeting new friends, riding on the float, and being with the club."

"I like to ride on the 4-H float and I like showing sheep and swine at fair."

"I like doing projects."

"It was a challenge entering things in the fair for the first time. I'm good at making crafts and I think I'm creative."

"4-H is preparing me to talk in front of people."

"I can use skills I learn from 4-H in school."

"I learned how to work with a group of people."

"What I learn in 4-H can help me in school and in working together with others."

"In 4-H this year I found that I am getting better at having quality, instead of quantity."

"In 4-H I have learned that the more organized you are the better your projects will be."

"In 4-H I have learned to set goals and keep working until finished."

"In 4-H I have learned that sticking to a project can be hard to do and it is good to do your projects before the last minute."

"In 4-H I set a good example for younger kids by picking up trash and helping others."

"Putting forth my skills and best effort in 4-H also relates to sports that I play."

I've learned that if you work hard at something you will get better at it � like I work with my animals and it showed when they got purples."

"4-H can help me get good grades and maybe a good job, too."

Economist speaks at Rotary meeting

The Vermillion Rotary Club met for its weekly luncheon meeting Oct. 18 at the Neuharth Center. Roger Kozak, past president of Rotary presided, and the Rev. Robert Grossmann opened with prayer. Three Vermillion High School seniors were welcomed as visitors and spoke briefly about themselves and their plans for the future. They are Jessica Carlier, Brittany Campbell, and Ryan Eichelberg.

Committee Chairperson Renae O�Conner announced the beginning of our club�s annual education project in which club members and friends donate an hour or two a week to help students at Jolley School improve their reading and math skills. This program was highly successful last school year and received the State Community Circle for Education award from Gov. Rounds and the School Administrators of South Dakota.

This week�s program featured Dr. Ralph Brown, professor of economics in the USD School of Business. Dr. Brown presented an interesting and useful powerpoint program of material from a recently published study titled �Tale of Two Cities.�

This study seeks to determine the reasons for the dramatic growth of the Sioux Falls economy since 1970, compared to the far smaller growth in the Sioux City economy just 80 miles down Interstate 29. While quite a number of factors come into play in this difference, the major influences were three.

First, Sioux Falls, whose economy was actually slightly smaller than that of Sioux City in 1970, has moved into a service economy while Sioux City has depended far more on traditional manufacturing and other industrial activity for its jobs. Second, Sioux Falls has attracted a better educated and more highly skilled workforce than has Sioux City, and third, Sioux Falls occupies a more strategic place in the South Dakota economy than does Sioux City in a state with many major population centers.

Items such as higher taxes in Iowa, different styles of city government and an aggressive Sioux Falls Development Association have also helped Sioux Falls. Sioux Falls certainly is a job producing center with an 80 percent rate.

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