Century Farm

By Jennie Zeitler Staff Writer jennie.zeitler@ecm-inc.com Three generations of the Deters family keep busy with their dairy between West Union and Sauk Centre. There is always something to do with 575 cows to milk. Jeff and Karen, along with eldest son Shane and his wife, Amanda, set up the farm operation as a limited liability [...]

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By Jennie Zeitler, Staff Writer jennie.zeitler@ecm-inc.com Frank and Elizabeth Wielenberg left Germany in 1903, and married soon after arriving in the Melrose area. They rented a farm from Henry Hinnenkamp until 1911 and then bought a farm north of town. Their youngest son, Joe Sr., took over the farm and raised 10 children there with [...]

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  By Jennie Zeitler, Staff Writer jennie.zeitler@ecm-inc.com Ron and Bea Hollenkamp have farmed the Hollenkamps’ home farm north of Freeport for 46 of the 113 years of its existence. Ron’s grandparents, Joseph Hollenkamp, Sr. and his wife, Bernadine, established the farm in 1900, the year their son, Joseph, Jr. was born. Joe, Sr. died when [...]

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