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Flathead County April 2020 NewsletterMSU Logo


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MSU Extension Flathead County Newsletter April 2020


Dear 4-H, (this is as of March 26th)

In accordance with MSU and MSU Extension directives, please continue to the suspension of all in-person 4-H related activities through April 10th. This includes 4-H clubs, projects, clinics, or contests and well as council and committee meetings. Larger group gatherings remain discontinued through May 10th.

Please let your families know that 4-H and Extension is still in business.  Decision making boards and committees may meet remotely through video conferencing or telephone.  Please announce scheduled meetings to your county 4-H families in the same manner as before the face-to-face suspension so that all community members previously notified are still aware of the business being conducted.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact the 4-H office.

Please stay healthy and safe,

Todd Kesner and the Montana 4-H State Office Staff

If you would like to add information or announcements to this newsletter please email dacooper@flathead.mt.gov


Hello all,

We are so blessed to live in Montana.  While the rest of the world has been hit hard with the Covid-19 virus, we are just beginning to see effects.  Why are we blessed in this case?  I believe we are blessed because we have the time and knowledge to make a difference in the lives of the people within our state.  We can have fewer deaths.  We can have fewer people be sick or disabled because of this illness.  We have had time to prepare to take care of ourselves.

Currently we are “shelter in place” with only essential services remaining open.  Is 4-H essential?  To most of us, that is a resounding YES!  4-H is a daily part of our lives.  Many of us have animals because of 4-H that are dependent upon us for their care as well.  Many of our friends are our friends because of 4-H.  Many of us have families, besides our “4-H family” that actually came to be because our parents or our grandparents met in 4-H.  So, yes, it is essential.

But is it necessary?  4-H meetings and gatherings at a time like this.  No, not necessary.  I hope we are all learning that the most important things in life are our family members and our family’s health.  This is an excellent time to build on our family strengths, to learn more about each other, to LOVE each other to the utmost of our ability.   To care for each other.  And to care for our extended family (4-H friends, neighbors and others) to the best of our ability.

There are ways to keep busy.  I am sure you are finding some.  Florida 4-H is hosting a Thursday evening 4-H trivia game on Facebook.  I saw 4-H friends from Ohio and Arizona on the game this past Thursday.  Many counties and clubs are doing FB Live programs.  Check out the Flathead 4-H Facebook page for some of these ideas.

I am looking for 4-H members or leaders who would like to do a short project or program using our Zoom feed or a program of their choice.  This is a great time to share your 4-H knowledge about swine, cooking, photography or one of your many projects, with other members throughout Flathead County.  The Poultry, Rabbit and Small Animal project group are doing regular meetings on Zoom.  Let me or KelleySue Bain know if you want to join in.  Is anybody interested in doing some quick projects on record books, or using the new ZSuite for online record keeping?  Think about it what can you share?

The Lamb Quality Assurance program will be held via Zoom on Tuesday, April 7th, at 6 pm.  Watch your email for an invitation to this if you are enrolled in the Lamb project and are needing the Quality Assurance training this year.

Communication may be a little more difficult for the time being.  But we can still communicate.  I am happy to help you and your clubs figure out ways to stay in touch during this unique time.  I know we are all going to learn a lot from this, and we may find different ways of doing things in the future.  Who knows? 

For now, stay safe and love your families and friends.  If you need something, please contact me or the office via email first.  We will be in touch.  And watch your email and Facebook feeds for some fun programs.

Be well!  Be kind!  Be gentle to yourself and others!        Nori

Tentative Clinic Dates: 

Each member needs to be enrolled in 4-H to attend the clinics.  You must attend one clinic to participate at the fair.  Deadline for assessments and enrollment is June 1st.

      Horse clinics and horse camp have been postponed. 

       We will update you as soon as we know any information!

Newsletters in 4honline!!!

Log-in to your 4honline account with your email address you enrolled with in your family profile and your password.image of 4honlie As soon as you are logged in, right there on your home page are the newsletters. Click on one and it will open up in a new screen.

Electronic Record Books are here! 

Want an easier way to keep 4-H records?  Try the ZSuite record book program.  This is a mobile friendly website thatimage of zsuite mirrors the Montana 4-H record sheets.  This year is a trial program, but if people like it, Montana will probably adopt this for future use.  Help for setting up your family’s account for using these records can be found here  http://montana4h.org/projects/support/record_books/zsuite.html

Or ask any 4-H Ambassador to help you.  They had the chance to experience this at their last meeting and are happy to help.  Give it a try!  Most people who have tried it, absolutely LOVE it!

In this age of COVID-19 video conferencing is becoming essential. We are using Zoom to hold meetings, clinics, and interviews. It seems to be a handy tool.

Go to www.zoom.us   It is a free download.

Need 4-H Project Manuals and you can’t get to the Extension Office? No worries, go to https://store.msuextension.org/  and search for the 4-H project manuals you need, select them, go to the check out, then use your credit card or debit card, then finish your purchase, and have them shipped right to your door. It’s that easy!

County 4-H Congress

County 4-H Congress is currently being rescheduled.  It is possible we may hold the demonstration contest online, but details have not been finalized yet.   If you want to know more about what contests are available and how to Image of youth with loud speakerprepare for them, check out the Montana 4-H webpage


This link will give you tips on making your presentation the best it can be!  

Flathead 4-H Rabbit, Poultry, & Pocket Pal Project Meetings

May 25th at 6pm—LQA and Topic of Labels/Withdrawals

All meetings are held in the 4-H Building on the Fairgrounds unless otherwise specified.

If you have any questions contact KelleySue at 862-5000 or kelleysuebain@gmail.com for Rabbit and Pocket Pals or Maleah McQuade at glaciervew4h@gmail.com for poultry.

Brick Challenge!!!

Country Cousins Brick Challenge: Country Cousins 4-H Club nominated a volunteer to be honored with  a brick on the Fairgrounds. The club purchased the brick and is challenging all clubs in the Flathead County to purchase a brick to honor a volunteer of their club’s choice. If all of the clubs do this, they will all help the Foundation raise $2,000. See  the clubs listed below in the graph that have joined Country Cousins in this challenge! Won’t you join the challenge also and buy a brick today! Proceeds benefit the 4-H Foundation!

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Who has the copyrights on a photo or logo? Can we just use any photo or logo we want at any time? Just because the website may say free clipart doesn’t mean it’s free! Always check the copyright on photos and logos before you use them. The user, the county, and MSU are all at risk when copyrights are infringed upon.

4-H Trail & Packing Project

For more information call Rick Mathies at 752-2209 or Alden Totten at 257-5520. The 2020 4-H Packing Schedule:

June 6 & 7th—Camp out—Swisher Lake Trailhead, Eureka

Details available soon if we will be able to have this due to Covid-19 requirements.

 If not we will schedule a new date.

Completing the Medical Release Form

We realize this form can be confusing at times, however it is essential for 4-H events. When completing the Medical Release Form we ask that you give permission to “4-H Volunteer Leaders/4-H Staff” so that the form can be used for any 4-H event and you don’t have to complete this form for every 4-H event. Please see the photo for an example.

Cloverbud Activity Days!!!

3rd Saturday of the month located at the 4-H Building on the Fairgrounds at 10 am to 11:30 am.  Hopefully, in April.

For questions or more information, please call Jayme Evenson at 291-5864.

Market Livestock Dates

Beef 2nd Weigh-in—

Hog Weigh-in and Tagging—April 29, 2020

Make-up LQA (Only Make-up) - via Zoom date TBA

Hog Replacement Cut-off—May 31, 2020

Hog Live Clinic #1—June 13, 2020

Sheep LQA—April, TBA-via Zoom

Sheep Weigh-in and Tagging May 18, 2020, 4:30-6:30 pm at Fairgrounds (RSVP Required)

There will be no more make-up LQA. If you miss this you may be able to make them up in another county if a training is available. Most counties complete trainings in March.


Browse the new Montana 4-H merchandise at the MSU Extension Store and paint our state green with 4-H T-shirts, mugs, buttons, and stickers! Start shopping at the 4-H Mall!

Upcoming 4-H Meetings and Special Events

See our Google Calendar for Extension scheduled events!

Forums, Committees & Councils

  • Ag/Livestock Committee: Thursday, June 4 at 5:45 pm in the 4-H Building at the fairgroundsput on your calender image


  • Flathead 4-H Foundation: Tuesday,  June23rd at 5:30 pm Location TBA
  • Flathead 4-H Council: Thursday, May 28th at  6 pm in the 4-H Building on the Fairgrounds


  • Horse Committee: Thursday, April 9th at 6pm at the 4-H Building-Canceled-to be rescheduled

Upcoming Activities & Other Meetings


🍀 April Meetings canceled or rescheduled4-H event calender image

🍀 April ?, 2nd Beef Weigh-in TBA

🍀 April 7, 6 pm, Sheep LQA via Zoom

🍀 April ?, Make-up LQA via Zoom-TBA

🍀 April 29, Hog weigh-in-canceled

🍀 May 1-3 Horse Camp-postponed

  Watch your emails for dates and upcoming programs on ZOOM!


Administrative Support goes to lunch every day from 1-2pm, so many times the Extension office doors are locked image of out to lunch signduring that time. She also has occasional meetings for the county. If you need special accommodations or a guaranteed meeting with someone, please feel free to call ahead and make an appointment.


Dear Flathead 4-H members, leaders & families:

The Flathead County MSU Extension Office will be servicing our community differently through May for COVID-we are closed image19, we may be periodically closed for meetings or to run errands. If you need personal attention please call for an appointment. Please leave paperwork in basket or leave in mailbox on front of building for confidential information.  Our schedule is subject to change at anytime.

Thank you,

Patricia McGlynn

Montana State University

Agriculture Extension Agent


Phone: 406-758-5554

Nori Pearce

Montana State University

4-H Extension Agent


Phone: 406-758-5552

Dee Cooper

Administrative Assistant

MSU Extension, Flathead County


(406) 758-5553 phone

SNAP Recipe of the Month

Oatmeal On-The-Go Breakfast Bars

This is a great recipe for grab-and-go breakfasts or a tasty snack featuring March’s Harvest of the Month- Grains! Make busy weekday mornings easier by making enough bars for the whole week!

Adapted from Weelicious.com.

Servings 18 bars


  • 2 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 cup milk (any kind of milk — rice, almond, soy, cow’s — will work) or water
  • 1/4  cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup applesauce (or baked squash or pumpkin puree  if available)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3/4 cup dried fruit (cranberries, raisins, blueberries, cherries, etc.) optional
  • 1/2 cup nuts (walnuts, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, etc.) optional


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. Place the oats, flour, cinnamon, salt, and baking  powder in a bowl and stir to combine.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix the milk, applesauce, egg, sugar, and vanilla.
  4. Pour the dry ingredients into the wet mixture, stir to combine and then stir in the dried fruits and nuts.
  5. Pour the oatmeal mixture into a greased 9 x 11 inch  baking dish.
  6. Bake for 30 minutes or until thickened and golden.
  7. Cool, cut into squares, and serve. Refrigerating:  allow to cool, cut into squares, place in an airtight  container, and refrigerate up to 5 days.
  8. Freezing: allow to cool, cut into squares, and place in a plastic bag to freeze up to 4 months. When ready, allow to defrost in fridge for 24-48 hours.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education enables young families, single recipients and seniors to learn how to best use their food stamp dollars in providing healthy nutrition for  themselves and their families. Adults can sign up for a 6 week course that is fun and provide the basic concepts of good nutrition. The only requirements to join in the classes are: that a person is receiving WIC assistance;  either receiving food stamps or are eligible to receive them; or are getting commodity foods. Please call Caitlin at the Flathead County Extension office at 758-2448 to sign-up for classes.

MSU Extension Service—Flathead County

Patricia McGlynn

Agriculture, Natural Resource & Community Development Extension Agent

Nori Pearce

4-H & Youth Development Agent

Dee Cooper

Administrative Assistant

Caitlin Coghlan

Nutrition Educator


1108 South Main Street Ste. 4

Kalispell,  MT 59901

Phone:   (406) 758-5553

Fax:         (406) 758-5881

Email:     extension@flathead.mt.gov

Web:      http://flathead.msuextension.org

Calendar: http://flathead.msuextension.org/calendar.html

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Office Hours

Mon-Thurs 8am-5pm, Fri 8am-4:30pm,

Closed 1-2pm for lunch

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