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Brianna Roy (left), 11, her dog Ruby, Karly Anderson, 11, and her dog Jessie competed in obedience contests as part of the Country Cousins 4-H club, based in Cottage Grove. (Bulletin photo by Patricia Drey Busse)

Interest up in joining 4-H, leader says

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County funding cuts to 4-H haven't hurt local recruitment efforts, said Washington County 4-H District Representative Liz Dietsche.

In fact, the opposite is true.

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"I think it actually made people more aware of it and the interest I think is spiking more," Dietsche said.

The county cut all funding for 4-H earlier this year, and that has meant parents are taking over more responsibilities that paid staff members once held.

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