At approximately 6 a.m., on Saturday, June 10, 2017, twelve 4-Hers and two chaperones boarded their plane in Nashville, Tenn., on the way to the Grand Forks (GFK) airport. After a brief layover in Minneapolis, they arrived at their destination at 10:30 a.m.
Awaiting the arrival of these State-to-State 4-H Cultural Exchange students were 11 Roseau County 4-Hers and 2 chaperones. This wasn’t their first-time meeting. It was more like one big reunion. That was because last year in June, these Tennessee youth, as part of the State-to-State 4-H Cultural Exchange program, hosted the Roseau County 4-Hers and chaperones in Lincoln County, Tennessee.
This year Tristan Locken hosted Nic Bradley and Alex Moore; his sister, Josee Locken’s guest was Sorrell Martin. Joining Shaun Waage and his family were Eli Dotson and Zach Snoddy; Nick Magnusson hosted Matthew George, and Marin Eeg accommodated Ashton Hughes. Sisters Torie and Sadie Petersen opened their home to Olivia Hughes and Sasha Magnusson welcomed Jana Owen. Alyssa Kilen took in Ella Pollock, Jessica Howard hosted Libby Perry, and Caprice Christianson hosted Aubrey Malone. Adults Robby Christianson and Sharla Kilen hosted Tennessee chaperones Dan Owen and Vanessa Moore respectively.
Fifteen-year-old Eli Dotson felt at home way up north.
“Everyone is really nice, like in my town of Petersburg,” he said. “The population is 547! Everyone knows everyone- they make me feel very comfortable here; everyone has nice hospitality.”
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