Thanksgiving

By Kerry Drager Correspondent Thanksgiving wouldn’t be the same if it wasn’t for the bird. The centerpiece of November’s famous holiday most likely was raised right here in central Minnesota. Swanville is known as the turkey capital of the world, and one area family has helped give the little town that name. John Gessell Jr. […]

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By Bryan Golden, Guest Columnist Thanksgiving is much more than a big meal with family and friends. It’s a time to reflect on, and be thankful for, all of the good things you have. Even with all of the uncertainty and turmoil in the world, you have so much to be thankful for. It’s important to […]

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In the past 40 years, product diversification has expanded market By EMILIE THIESSEN Staff Writer emilie.thiessen@ecm-inc.com Turkey isn’t just for Thanksgiving anymore. “Years ago, the business was basically whole birds at Thanksgiving, Christmas, maybe Easter and Fourth of July — that was it,” said Melrose turkey farmer Glen Klaphake, who sells his finished turkeys to Jennie-O. “Now […]

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