Farm

By Jennie Zeitler Staff Writer jennie.zeitler@ecm-inc.com Linus Meyer of Melrose has always liked dogs. Seeing the movie “Iron Will” focused that feeling into an interest in dog sled racing. “After watching that movie, I decided I wanted to get into that,” Meyer said. “Iron Will” is loosely based on the story of the 1917 Winnipeg-St. [...]

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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 Toys come in all sizes and varieties, delighting people of all ages. This is evident at the annual Farm Toy Show in Sauk Centre. One farm toy enthusiast and collector has found toy shows to be a good place to fill holes in his collection. Brad Goodenbour of Brooten [...]

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By Jennie Zeitler Staff Writer jennie.zeitler@ecm-inc.com Minnesota’s Farm to School program kicked off in 2006, with many farms across the state supplying produce to their local school districts. Dick Geers in Paynesville joined the program in 2011. Farm to School programs connect farms with school cafeterias and classrooms. A comprehensive program includes farm-fresh, locally-grown produce [...]

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By Liz Verley Staff Writer Camphill Village Minnesota is a 500-acre biodynamic farm located between Long Prairie and Sauk Centre. According to Camphill’s website, residents living on the farm live together family-style in seven different homes and everyone shares in the responsibilities of life in the community. Camphill is home to several volunteers and 22 [...]

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By Jennie Zeitler Staff Writer jennie.zeitler@ecm-inc.com Pickled eggs and pickled turkey gizzards are specialty products that have their own unique  niche in the food product market — and they are packed right in Melrose. Scherer Enterprise was started by Cletus Scherer in 1968. “He used to serve boiled eggs in his bar, but they didn’t [...]

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By Jennie Zeitler Staff Writer jennie.zeitler@ecm-inc.com The King family has farmed Maple Hill Garden in Clotho, about 10 miles west of Long Prairie, for 30 years. Colin King is a fifth-generation Todd County farmer. His wife, Christina Esposito, discovered “community” in ways she’d never experienced after moving to Todd County in 2010. Esposito grew up [...]

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By Jennie Zeitler Staff Writer jennie.zeitler@ecm-inc.com The Don and Rita Wensmann family of rural Elmdale grew up strong with 17 siblings. Now with 53 grandchildren and 37 great-grandchildren, the crowd is huge at holiday time. The year that the Elmdale Community Center was built, the Wensmanns began holding their family gatherings there. They meet at [...]

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