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Heidi Zwinger and family hosted Lisa Schmid from Germany.

Our family was lucky enough to host Lisa Schmid from Germany for three weeks this summer. During her stay with our family we visited a few local attractions, like Falls Park in Sioux Falls and Devil's Gulch near Garretson, SD. Because Lisa was here during our county fair, she was able to see, assist and even participate in many of our 4-H activities. She was more than happy to help with the many tasks required for showing dairy cattle at the Minnehaha County Fair. Lisa hauled small square bales, clipped calves, carried many bags of feed for the milk cows, as well as helping with the milking while at the Fair. Our 12 year old son Brody really enjoyed having some extra help! It wasn't all work and no play though, during the Fair we were able to attend some country music concerts and a rodeo. On days prior to the county fair, Lisa spent the day with me at Boadwine Farms, the 2,000 cow dairy I help manage. While on the dairy farm Lisa and I spent many hours comparing agriculture in Germany and the U.S.. Lisa was also able to test drive a new John Deere 9520RX track tractor while visiting Mark at the John Deere dealership where he works. I have to say we truly enjoyed our time with Lisa. She is a lighthearted and fun loving person who was very interested in learning all aspects of our American culture.

Heidi Zwinger from South Dakota

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