Lifelong Havreite Ready to Serve Community as Extension Agent

HAVRE, Mont. (NMB) – A lifelong Havreite, Kati Purkett is excited to give back to the community as Hill County’s newest MSU-Extension Agent.

Purkett, an MSU-Northern graduate, has begun serving as the Family Consumer Sciences/4-H Agent for Hill County.

“It’s actually something that I’ve spent a lot of time doing on my own. I’m happiest when I’m cooking with my family and friends. I really enjoy just spending time in all the Family and Consumer Sciencee avenues and I was looking to reach out to the community in a different way and use my talents to help the community grow.”

Purkett says that MSU-Extension has benefited her throughout her time in Havre, which was a major reason why she wanted to give back.

“There’s so many things that MSU-Extension does that I don’t think most people necessarily realize. Whether it’s offering programs specifically food oriented, whether that be knife skills, canning classes, cooking classes with instapot, barbecuing, baking, all of those different areas. Family and Consumer Science also touches in mental health. So there’s different mental health workshops. Whether it be having conversations about Alzheimer’s or suicide prevention, youth within the community and the different ways we can help them with different mental issues that are going on with them. Talking about the different exercise programs that are simple and easy for people of all different ages to participate in. All of those programs have been available historically in Havre through the extension outreach program. And we work closely with other organizations in town to make sure the educational opportunities are available and that they are truly serving the community in all of those different aspects.”

Purkett has worked in numerous food service management positions and has spent the last 20 years managing Northern Home Essentials, her family’s buisness.

Purkett says she will continue to help out at Northern Home Essentials, while serving as an Extension Agent.

“I will still be very active. I’ll be doing various different jobs within the store and my family is extremely close. We’ve all worked together for a very long time. So I’ll definitely still have a hand in Northern Home Essentials.”

The business was founded by Havre icon Frank DeRosa, Purkett’s late grandfather who the Railroad Museum downtown is named after.

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