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$2.3 Million Dollar Makeover for 4-H Camp

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By Alicia Ewen

State leaders gather in Washburn to celebrate the ground breaking of a new 4-H facility.

It will cost a total of 2.3 million dollars but to many, it's about more than just a pretty upgrade.

It's an investment in future leaders in the state.

Alicia Ewen and photojournalist Tom Palanuk have the story.

"You've got to prepare these young kids. North Dakota is not what is was five years ago and this camp shouldn't be what it was five years ago."  said Myron Johnsrud, who's son donated to the 4-H cause.

These 4-H cabins have looked the same since they were first built back in 1978.

"When I toured the facilities they are really really really well used." said Dean Bresciani, president of NDSU.

This camp is about to see a $2.3 million dollar makeover.

It will include upgrades to the three current cabins, dining hall improvements, and the outdoor camp.

"You hope that number one it really stays in tune with the needs of young people today and fill their needs and education." said Myron.

But it was clear today that cuing the construction wasn't what was most important.

"If we're going to support our future, we need to support our youth." said Bill Bowman, ND State Legislature.

"That's our future leaders, that will be the next government and on and on and on" said Myron.

The benefits of 4-H are clear....

"To be a part of the design at this point and the future of the 4-H program was something I didn't even dream would be a possibility," says Tracey Jordgry, Architect

To the many leaders here, who were once 4-H kids themselves.

"So we can really say now to a certain degree of confidence that 4-H youth pledge their head their heart their hands and health to better living, it really does mean better living." said Brad Coglin of 4-H.

The state legislature gave 950 thousand dollars to help fund the project and the rest was raised through donations and fundraisers.

The Johnsrud family gave the final donation of 250 thousand dollars, and the education center will be named after them.

Construction is set to be finished this fall.

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