Farm

By Jennie Zeitler Staff Writer jennie.zeitler@ecm-inc.com Although Craig Roerick left the family farm near Upsala to go to college, he is finally back living a farm life. After earning a degree in ag education and animal science-dairy from the University of Minnesota (U of M) Crookston, he held two jobs with farm-related organizations. “I wanted [...]

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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 Five young deer have hit the jackpot in the Little Sauk area between Sauk Centre and Long Prairie — they have been fed regularly during an extremely cold and snowy winter. The day after first spotting the five youngsters, in late December, Ray Hendershot found one stuck in a [...]

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By Jennie Zeitler Staff Writer jennie.zeitler@ecm-inc.com It’s that time of year when dairy princesses are chosen at county gatherings around Minnesota. The Stearns County American Dairy Association will be hosting the 2014 Dairy Princess Pageant Saturday, March 8, at 7:30 p.m. at the Melrose American Legion. Lisa Maus is coordinating the pageant for the fourth [...]

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By Jennie Zeitler Staff Writer jennie.zeitler@ecm-inc.com Ken Arnzen’s Oak Knoll Ranch began with white-tailed deer 22 years ago. What was intended to be just a hobby evolved into a successful elk raising operation in partnership with Dennis Suelflow and Springbrook Elk. “We were just going to have the deer as pets,” Arnzen said. “But the [...]

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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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