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Ag in the Classroom

CATHERINE JAROSZEWSKI AND BRITIAN HOLTER petted a baby goat in the parking lot of the M State campus on Monday afternoon. The farm animals paid a visit to the school for Ag in the Classroom.1 / 4
HOLY ROSARY FOURTH GRADER WESLEY NOEL makes a new friend duringAg in the Classroom activities Monday afternoon at M State in Detroit Lakes..2 / 4
AG IN THE CLASSROOM STUDENTS WAITED IN LINE for the chance to climb up into the cab of this large tractor on Tuesday morning. The two-day event included students from Detroit Lakes, Lake Park-Audubon, Waubun-Ogema and White Earth.3 / 4
AG IN THE CLASSROOM INSTRUCTOR JEFF NORBY, right, looks for a little classroom participation during his class on soils.4 / 4

How many fourth graders in Becker County know the difference between a combine and a baler? Or a calf and a heifer?

After this Monday and Tuesday, that number now exceeds 350.

Students from Lake Park-Audubon, Waubun-Ogema and White Earth, as well as Holy Rosary, Rossman and Roosevelt schools in Detroit Lakes gathered at Minnesota State Community & Technical College in Detroit Lakes to participate in Ag in the Classroom activities.

The annual event is organized by volunteers from the Becker County Farm Bureau, Detroit Lakes Chamber of Commerce Agri-Business Committee and Becker County Soil and Water Conservation District.

Event coordinator Mary Ann Jorgenson of Callaway said approximately 350 students participated in this year's event, which included mini-sessions on farm safety; beef cows, pigs, sheep and dairy cows; soils, sugar beets, potatoes and grains; maple syrup and farm machinery.

The students also had an opportunity to view farm machinery in both miniature and full-size form, as well as live farm animals including sheep, goats, cows, calves, donkeys and even a pony or two.

Vicki Gerdes

Staff writer at Detroit Lakes Newspapers for the past 16 years, currently editor of the entertainment and community pages as well as covering city council and the Lake Park-Audubon School Board. Living in DL with my cat, Smokey.

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