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  By Jennie Zeitler Staff Writer jennie.zeitler@ecm-inc.com Mike Nistler of Jacobs Prairie has created an “Elder Garten” for those of the baby boomer generation who may have never attended kindergarten. Nistler is a retired union carpenter. He and his wife, Sue, bought the 150-year-old farm...Read More
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  Jeff and Sue Burg and six Percherons provide rides at variety of events By JENNIE ZEITLER, Staff Writer jennie.zeitler@ecm-inc.com It all started with a pair of white Arabian horses that Jeff and Sue Burg were given 20 years ago. They found a surrey from an Amish family near Bertha and were s...Read More
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  By Jennie Zeitler, Staff Writer jennie.zeitler@ecm-inc.com Mary Reuter of Sauk Centre has been married to Ken Reuter for 45 years, gave birth to six children and is now delighting in 16 grandchidren.  Although there are many meaningful moments in all those family events, Reuter looks back at...Read More
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  By Jennie Zeitler, Staff Writer jennie.zeitler@ecm-inc.com Hundreds of high school graduates spanning many decades gathered in Sauk Centre for an All-School Reunion, Aug. 16-18. While none who attended classes in the first Sauk Centre High School building are still living, many of the alumni ...Read More
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By Jennie Zeitler, Staff Writer jennie.zeitler@ecm-inc.com Growing up as the sixth of eight children on a dairy and hog farm near Spring Hill, Gene Gruber had plenty of practice plowing. He and his siblings began to enter plowing competitions during those years, an activity started by Gene’s fathe...Read More
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  By Jennie Zeitler, Staff Writer jennie.zeitler@ecm-inc.com About the same time that Union and Confederate forces were preparing to fight the Battle of Gettysburg, Gerhard Bruemmer set up his 200-acre homestead in Farming Township, Stearns County. It was 1863, and Gerhard was fresh from Hanov...Read More
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By Jennie Zeitler, Staff Writer jennie.zeitler@ecm-inc.com Frank and Elizabeth Wielenberg left Germany in 1903, and married soon after arriving in the Melrose area. They rented a farm from Henry Hinnenkamp until 1911 and then bought a farm north of town. Their youngest son, Joe Sr., took over the fa...Read More
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By Jennie Zeitler, Staff Writer jennie.zeitler@ecm-inc.com Nathan Neuman of Avon has made music in a variety of ways for much of his young life, but it was the gift of a concertina nearly four years ago that grew his interest in playing old-time music. Neuman’s uncle, Joe Langner of Long Prairie, ...Read More
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By Jennie Zeitler, Staff Writer jennie.zeitler@ecm-inc.com Liz Vetsch, of rural Browerville, was 13 when her father, James Yorek, was diagnosed with esophageal cancer. “He had acid reflux and chewed tobacco,” Liz said. “Doctors have said it’s a very hard cancer to come back from, but we didn...Read More
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