Fritsche receives Outstanding Service to 4-H Award

Staff photo by Fritz Busch Arlon Fritsche receives the Outstanding Service to 4-H Award at the Brown County 4-H Awards Ceremony at the Brown County REA Auditorium, rural Sleepy Eye, Dec. 3.

SLEEPY EYE — A rural New Ulm man with more than 30 years of leadership as a Brown County 4-H project leader, received the Outstanding Service to 4-H Award at an awards ceremony at the Brown County REA Auditorium Dec. 3.

Arlon Fritsche has led a number of Brown County 4-H projects including dairy and shooting sports and helped with state shooting sports competition for many years. At the state shoot, he is still active, operating the .22 rifle line.

Fritsche has judged woodworking, shop, shooting sports and other projects at the county and state fair for more than three decades. He has judged in as many as 10 county fairs during the same year.

Fritsche said he has learned from his role as a 4-H youth judge that he sees firsthand, what the power of 4-H can do for youth and the amazing projects they create.

“I enjoy judging and the kids more than anything else,” Fritsche said. “I advocate that 4-H is the best-kept secret in Minnesota.”

Arlon helped with the 4-H colored breeds dairy show at the Minnesota State Fair for many years, doing a variety of jobs to ensure the show ran smoothly.

He served as a 4-H dad and grandfather with his children Paul, Laura and Mark and grandsons Andrew and Daniel in 4-H programs.

Fritsche is also active in the community. A former Brown County Fair board member, he serves as an usher at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in New Ulm, belongs to the Farm-City Hub Club in New Ulm, is a former Minnesota Milk Producers Association board member, and has been active in the Minnesota and United States Guernsey Association.

Arlon and his late wife Loraine received the Farm-City Hub Club Service to Agriculture Award.

Raised on a dairy farm west of New Ulm, he belongs to the Milford 4-H club. His mother Hilda was a long-time 4-H club leader.

Other Brown County 4-H Awards went to the Carnells of Comfrey, 4-H Family of the Year; Citizenship Awards to McKenzie Cselovszki, John Rosenhammer, Hunter Dauer, Mollie Carnell and Cassidy Hoffmann; Outstanding 4-H Graduate Lauren Klein, Top County Junior Leader Jade Jensen, Young Achiever Andrew Hellendrung, Friend of 4-H Becky Cselovszki, Outstanding 4-H Business Friend Terry Holub of the Comfrey Times, Crazy Club Stark Happy Hustlers, Purple/Blue Ribbon Club Comfrey Comets, Golden Rose Riders; Rocket of the Year Molly Carnell, Firecracker of the Year Megan Jensen and Sparkler of the Year Cindy Jensen.

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