Lincoln County gets new 4-H youth program advisor

Farm Forum

BROOKINGS — SDSU Extension welcomes Katherine Linnemanstons as the new SDSU Extension 4-H youth program advisor for Lincoln County.

“Katherine is enthusiastic about working with youth, parents and partnering with the community,” said Peter Nielson, SDSU Extension 4-H Youth Development Program director.

In this role, Linnemanstons will provide timely 4-H youth development research-based information, resources, education, leadership and support to meet the needs of youth, while building relationships to enhance and carry out the mission of SDSU Extension throughout Lincoln County.

More about Katherine Linnemanstons

Katherine Linnemanstons was introduced to 4-H while working on the staff of Extension camps in Alabama and Wisconsin.

“That was my first experience of working with 4-H and I loved the focus on youth development,” said Linnemanstons, who received degrees in Science-Business and Spanish from Notre Dame. “I taught mostly upper elementary and middle school students about the environment, ecology, herpetology – basically the world around them – I decided I really liked this path.”

These experiences encouraged her to return to college, this time she enrolled at the University of Minnesota where she received a master’s in Natural Resource Science and Environmental Management.

With a master’s degree in hand, Linnemanstons immediately began looking for a position where she could be involved with 4-H programming.

“I love the sense of community and the range of opportunities that can be found within SDSU Extension. I look forward to building connections with the community and getting to know the families and volunteers involved in Lincoln County 4-H.”

Katherine can be contacted by e-mail at or by calling the Lincoln County office at 605.764.2756.