Farm

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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By Jennie Zeitler Staff Writer jennie.zeitler@ecm-inc.com John and Bev Sluss (rhymes with “juice”) brought home their first Norwegian Fjord horses in 1992. John counsels horse buyers not to take a four-horse trailer when horse shopping, however. Four horses came home that day. A colt was born before sunrise the next day. Bev was from Hibbing [...]

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By Jennie Zeitler Staff Writer jennie.zeitler@ecm-inc.com Rud and Susan Wasson of rural Osakis focus on living their lives in tune with nature. That includes not only their life at home with 4-year-old daughter Sarah, but also raising sheep, pastoring two small country congregations and doctoring. “Stewardship is a big part of what we do,” said [...]

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By Jennie Zeitler Staff Writer jennie.zeitler@ecm-inc.com Scot Storm took required art classes while attending Walker High School and drew comic book heroes on the side. His creative talents were channeled into an architecture degree at North Dakota State University. It wasn’t until after college, when painting became a hobby, that he saw the potential in [...]

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By Jennie Zeitler Staff Writer jennie.zeitler@ecm-inc.com Snow or no snow, Jay Tesch of Long Prairie uses his lifelong knowledge of horses to delight people looking for a heaping dose of Christmas fun through a sleigh ride or wagon ride. Tesch gives rides at Cornerstone Pines Tree Farm between Grey Eagle and Long Prairie, owned by [...]

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By Jennie Zeitler, Staff Writer jennie.zeitler@ecm-inc.com Norbert Brown grew up farming. He liked dairying and was attentive to his cows, earning wide recognition for his efforts. Brown is the twelfth of 13 siblings. When his dad bought a farm near Grey Eagle in 1979, Brown and his younger sister, Felicia, were the only ones still [...]

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