Venture Inn donates money to shop with a cop for a great cause

Left to right Paul is with Boyd White, James Derry Berry, Darren Short, and Lydia Mysse-Venture Inn Manager. $1000.00  was donated by The Venture Inn . Photo courtesy of Cheri Meyer, Venture Inn.

Libby High School Cheerleaders

Bottom: Paislee MacDonald and Maddie Caruthers Top: Macie Sichting, Mylie Rayome, Molly Gotham, Lyndee McElmurry, Aspen Swartzenberger, Annika Thorstensen, Alex Andreessen, Bailey Bronson, Anna-Marie Kebschull, Arista Munsel. Photo courtesy Jennifer McElmurry.

South 40 4-H remains active amidst challenging times

By Stacy Bender


“Covid has definitely changed how our group has operated this year,” wrote South 40 4-H leader, Christy Rusdal in a recent email exchange.  “We have been more limited in what we can/can’t do in the community and the restrictions on how our groups could convene amidst quarantines and guidelines.”
“I think it is important, however, to show our kids that the challenges experienced do not mean that we just sit idle and do nothing.  Instead, we may just have to be more flexible and creative in how we do things,” Rusdal added.  A sledding day and community outreach via snow-shoveling services are a couple of the activities currently planned for the near future by the Libby area 4-H club.
“We as a group encourage our kids to see beyond their own needs and to look where they can make an impact on the lives of others,” Rusdal wrote.  Libby 4-H members most recently have been spotted helping to wrap presents for local Christmas outreach and delivering handmade ornaments to the Libby Care Center, yet they strive to actively engage with their community all-the-year through.
Serving race-day goodies at the annual STOKR bike tour, spring cleaning at the Senior Center, Christmas caroling at the Care Center and the Lodge of Love in years past, and helping out at the local food pantry have all been missions where the 4-H pledge of “Heart, Head, Hands and Health” were strongly demonstrated.
The Libby South 40 4-H club aims to include 3-4 community outreach programs every year, promotes leadership skills through small and larger group activity, actively enters county events such as County Congress, 4-H Camps and the County Fair, and seeks to build community with one another and their neighbors.
Though the calendar year for 4-H begins each October, all those interested in learning more about its various programs and opportunities for youth are encouraged to do so at any time.  More information on the South 40 4-H Club of Libby can be found by visiting or by contacting Christy at 493-2516 or
All local organizations with a project which they believe the 4-H club might be able to help with are also strongly encouraged to contact the South 40 Libby Area Club.

Top: Sidney and Casey Rusdal offer their time and assistive wrapping skills to the 2020 “Our Kids” Christmas program on behalf of the local South 40 4-H Club. Above: Casey and Jake Rusdal make their way around the Libby Care Center of Cascadia this past weekend as the South 40 4-H Club of Libby set out to spread some holiday cheer and hang handmade ornaments outside the windows of LCCC’s residents. Courtesy Photos.