hemker park and zoo

  By Jennie Zeitler, Staff Writer jennie.zeitler@ecm-inc.com Known for their wide variety of zoo animals most of the year, the Hemker family of Hemker Park and Zoo northeast of Freeport is better known during the Christmas season for their reindeer sleigh rides. It was Mark Hemker’s love of animals that spurred the acquisition of animals for [...]

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By LIZ VERLEY, Staff Writer What is now known as the Hemker Park and Zoo began as the Hemker Game Farm in 1977. Joan Hemker, owner of the park and zoo said, “Mark and I were married in 1977. He had waterfowl at that time and his vision always was that Central Minnesota needed a [...]

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