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Tama County recognizes Kenneth & Barbara Strohbehn

September 1, 2016
Reinbeck Courier

The Iowa 4-H Foundation sponsors the annual Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame induction ceremony at the Iowa State Fair. Inductees into the Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame represent the many people in Iowa who have contributed countless hours to the 4-H program. They work tirelessly to see that Iowa's youth have a great learning experience in a safe and fun environment. These adults have modeled volunteerism, community service, integrity, and leadership to Iowa's youth. Their legacy is the young people they have mentored who will in turn support the continuation of a 4-H program that builds Iowa's leaders. Only one individual or couple per county can be nominated each year. Inductees can be recognized posthumously.

On Sunday, August 21 at the Iowa State Fair, Tama County proudly presented as the 2016 Tama County 4-H Hall of Fame inductees Kenneth and Barbara Strohbehn.

Kenneth and Barbara Strohbehn are life-long residents of Tama County. Ken and Barb began farming in 1958 on the 160 acre family farm near Traer. They raised corn beans, hay, hogs, and finished beef cattle. In 1973 the couple purchased a second farm near Gladbrook. In addition to farming, Ken's other activities have included Tama Fair Board, Tama County Extension Council, Gladbrook Lions Club, County Fair food stand, and snow cone stand. He also was an active member of Tama County Pork Producers, Tama County Cattlemen's Association, and a board member for Tama County Farm Bureau. Barb served as officer in Tama County Porkettes Club, Gladbrook Women's Club, United Methodist Women, and has been church secretary. They both maintain time to be very active in their local church activities.

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Both Ken and Barb were 4-H members during their teen years. Ken's beef and hog projects were his emphasis with county fair providing high-lights during those years. Barb focused on home economic projects. A high-light for her 4-H days was being selected Tama County's "Better Groomed Girl."

Tama County is proud to have Kenneth and Barbara Strohbehn as our 2016 4-H Hall of Fame honoree. The leader of the Wolfcreek Whirlwind 4-H Club from 1975 to 1990, Ken hopes others will continue the rich traditions 4-H has established in Tama County, and encourages others to develop leadership skills to carry the tradition forward.



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