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By Jennie Zeitler Staff Writer jennie.zeitler@ecm-inc.com Lisa Baker grew up close to the soil on seven acres in Collegeville Township, helping her parents with chickens, horses and gardens. Those experiences were expanded by membership in 4-H and FFA, ultimately leading Baker to a sustainable family farm operation of her own. “My ag teacher, Don Eikmeier, [...]

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By Jennie Zeitler, Staff Writer jennie.zeitler@ecm-inc.com Linda Ertl has enjoyed several quilting retreat weekends in the past few years, many of them at a popular location in Alexandria. The last time she arrived there she was told it would be her last stay. “They were closing. I wondered where I would go,” she said. Weeks [...]

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