Ben Kopp felt an inner calling to dedicate his life to protect America's freedoms in the United States military. During his childhood, the Rosemount boy listened to personal stories from his great-grandfather Leroy Rogers who served in World War II. He knew he wanted to follow in his grandfather's footsteps. But ultimately, it was the life-altering, tragic events of Sept. 11 that cemented Kopp's personal conviction to enter into the military, according to his mother Jill Stephenson, formerly of Rosemount.
Each 4-H Club youth is proud to recite a 4-H pledge of allegiance at club meetings. “I pledge my head to clearer thinking, my heart to greater loyalty, my hands to larger service and my health to better living for my club, my community, my country and my world.” In 2016, Dakota County 4-H Clubs will celebrate 100 years or a century of fun competing and learning life’s character lessons such as responsibility, hard work, cooperation and competition.