alpaca

By Jennie Zeitler, Staff Writer jennie.zeitler@ecm-inc.com In an age of advanced technology, when a person can find a quickly-processed wool sweater at any big-box department store or online, it might seem obsolete to produce a wool sweater the old-fashioned way — right from the sheep. But the skills of “yesteryear” necessary for making a sweater [...]

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By SARAH LIDEEN, Staff Writer, sarah.lideen@ecm-inc.com Dick and Joann Beckley aren’t typical farmers. They don’t have acres of green pastures or barns filled with cattle and hay, but instead a plot of land with fences and pens that house their 21 alpacas. Originally from the Twin Cities, Dick and Joann decided to move north in 2000 to [...]

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