Scherr takes assistant post at NDSU Extension office
When Sandra Scherr took her post as administrative assistant to Pierce County NDSU Extension Agent Brenden Klebe June 7, she already had a busy week ahead.
She explained Klebe had been busy making calls on ranchers concerned about water quality on their land.
“Right now, we’re doing a lot of water quality tests. Because of the drought, a lot of people are having the water holes for their cattle checked to make sure that they’re safe for their cattle. So, right now, that’s where I’ve come in at, to make sure he can get out there and we can get samples done,” Scherr said.
“Now, too, we’re getting ready for the fair so we’re doing lots of last-minute organization and making sure we’ve got everything ready to go,” Scherr added.
“This is Brenden’s and my first year of doing this,” Scherr said of work on the fair. “We’re kind of busy and excited and we want to make sure we do a great job for the kids. Our goal is to make sure the kids have a wonderful achievement day and fair day.”
Part of Scherr’s job is to coordinate 4-H activities in Pierce County. She said that’s something she looks forward to,
Scherr has already been involved with Pierce County 4-H activities. She coaches the county’s junior hippology team. Her team placed third at a state competition held June 4 in Minot.
“This was their first big, big contest and they did really well,” she said of her team of elementary school students. “We’re super proud of them.”
This year marks the return of 4-H animal exhibits at the fair, activities Scherr said are coordinated through the extension office.
Scherr said she admired how her predecessor, Haley Mygland, handled the challenges posed by last year’s COVID pandemic to pull off a modified achievement day for 4-H members.
The Pierce County Fair had been canceled, and 4-H members showed their animals one at a time outdoors, taking precautions such as social distancing and wearing masks.
Scherr said Mygland and 4-H council members “did a wonderful job figuring that out. They needed to do that. They had such a hard year last year.”
“My daughter benefited from (the modified show),” Scherr added. “She showed a calf last year. A lot of kids benefited. Even though they were spread out, they were together. And that was very important for the kids. It went off fabulous. I thought it was amazing.”
“This year, people will be able to see all the kids’ projects for 4-H,” Scherr said. “We’re excited. Nervous but excited.”
Scherr, who lives on a ranch near Orrin, said agriculture has “pretty much always” been a part of her life. Her husband, Virgil, raises cattle and grain.
“I have a background in animal science, mostly,” Scherr said. “I was a veterinary technician for 20 years in small and mixed animal practice, mostly. My husband is a farmer. We raise cattle and grain. My daughter is involved in 4-H in the hippology program and she’s got a menagerie of goats and chickens and horses. And we have gardens and things like that.”
“I’ve always been on the animal science side or teaching preschool,” Scherr added. “I’ve always worked with either kids or animals.”
Scherr said she looked forward to working with 4-H programs and promoting 4-H with the NDSU Extension office.
“I’m excited because I love the 4-H program but I’m also excited to learn about the ag side of what the extension does,” Scherr said. “I think that the 4-H program is immensely important for children. And it’s not just about animals. There are so many things you can do in 4-H from public speaking to cooking to sewing, robot building – there are so many things for the kids to do and I think it’s important for this community and for other communities to have a strong 4-H program.”
Scherr added, “That’s kind of what I’m hoping to do – build from what my predecessors have done and make it strong. I want to learn from everybody around here and get to know everybody and be an asset to the community.”
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