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The Sleepy Eye Herald Dispatch
  • 4-H community to remember three members with memorial

  • The 4-H community has put together a memorial event honoring three members who have passed away.
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  • The 4-H community has put together a memorial event honoring three members who have passed away.
    A social gathering of friends, family, and the 4-H community will take place on Aug. 6, at 3 p.m. on Dorm Hill at the Brown County Fairgrounds. The Brown County Ambassadors will be having games to play, and there will be a small ceremony at 3:30 p.m.
    “This Memorial Gathering is to honor Nate Potter, Adam Jensen and Don Richert,” said event coordinator Laura Laechel. “They have contributed so much to 4-H and we want to honor them and be able to celebrate their lives.”
    According to the Brown County Sheriff’s Office, Potter and Jensen passed away due to carbon monoxide poisoning in a rural Springfield home in December of last year. The two grew up down the road from each other and had been good friends.
    Potter, who was 30 at the time of his death, grew up in Springfield and was a member of the Springfield Fire Department and was active with the Pork Producers on both the county and national level. He was currently farming with his dad on their farm. Potter had been part of 4-H since he was young and continued to help with the program after graduating. He served as the chair person for the Brown County 4-H Livestock Committee.
    “Nate was always there to help a 4-H member, if it was helping in the show ring or taking a minute to listen to a 4-H member about something,” Laechel said.
    In his free time, Potter enjoyed hunting, fishing and motorcycling.
    Jensen, who was 23 at the time of his death, also grew up in Springfield and was attending South Dakota State University pursuing a degree in Agriculture Business and Animal Nutrition. Besides school, Jensen was employed by Runnings, St. John Lutheran Home and was an intern at Christensen Farms. Jensen was a lifetime member of 4-H. Like Potter, Jensen continued to be a part of the community after graduating from the program. Jensen primarily showed beef and poultry. He also helped as a ring handler for the Swine Show.
    “Adam was always there for his fellow 4-Hers, helping with their animal projects or just hanging out with them. You could alway count on Adam to help you out,” Laechel said.
    Besides remembering Potter and Jensen, the event is also remembering Don Richert, who passed away after the County Fair in 2013 in a farm accident.
    “Don and his family have been involved with the 4-H program for many years and are currently,” Laechel said. “One of the reasons for this memorial gathering is for the 4-Hers and their families. This year there is a big piece of the 4-H family missing, Nate, Adam and Don. One thing people don’t realize is that 4-H in a county is another family. We all watch out for each other and always pull together when something good or bad happens. This gathering is our time as a family to remember our family members.”

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