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Extension Services
The University of Minnesota Extension Service / Watonwan County is committed to lifelong learning by connecting community needs with University of Minnesota resources.

For the people of Minnesota, the University of Minnesota and its Extension Service have helped build and sustain strong families, businesses, farms, and communities for more than a century. More than 800,000 Minnesotans participate in extension programs annually.

Extension Programs
Extension delivers statewide programs to Minnesotans in five main areas:
  • Agriculture, food, and environment
  • Community vitality
  • Family development
  • Natural resources and environment
  • Youth development

Local Programs
For more information about available services in Watonwan County call (507) 375-1275. All county services are at the Mankato Regional Center, which can be reached at (888) 241-3214. Programs available locally are:
  • 4-H youth development
  • Agriculture business management
  • Family resource management
  • Farmers’ hotline: 1 (800) 232-9077
  • Food science answer line: 1 (800) 854-1678
  • Health and nutrition
  • INFO-U: 1 (800) 525-UofM
  • Leadership and civic engagement
  • Master gardener program
  • Natural resources management and utilization
  • Nutrition education program
  • Yard and garden line: 1 (612) 624-4771

Contact Us

Sue Craig
4-H Program Coordinator 

Michelle Knudson
Administrative Secretary 

Beth Labenz
Nutrition Education Assistant Email

Watonwan County Resource Center
108 Eighth St. S
St. James, MN 56081

Ph: (507) 375-2521 - Michelle Knudson
Ph: (507) 375-2528 - Sue Craig
Ph: (507) 375-2523 - Beth Labenz
Fx: (507) 375-1260

Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Closed from noon to 1:00 pm