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  By Jennie Zeitler, Staff Writer jennie.zeitler@ecm-inc.com Emily Krekelberg, the new livestock educator for Stearns, Benton and Morrison counties, grew up as the youngest of five siblings on her parents’ dairy farm near Le Sueur, helping to milk the 40 Holsteins and produce the 100 acres o...Read More
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  By Jennie Zeitler, Staff Writer jennie.zeitler@ecm-inc.com Nick Zastrow of Long Prairie started in the world of cattle showing at age 9, introduced by friends. He became involved in 4-H showing and later, FFA. “Once I could drive, I went to shows on my own,” he said. His experiences began...Read More
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  By Jennie Zeitler, Staff Writer jennie.zeitler@ecm-inc.com Cindy Zheng (pronounced ‘chung’) came to the United States from Fujian, China with her parents in 2003, and lived in New York City for about eight years, working in a restaurant owned by relatives. She had learned a little English...Read More
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By Jennie Zeitler, Staff Writer jennie.zeitler@ecm-inc.com In addition to their full-time jobs off their farm, Mark and Cathy Hebig raise goats because of the high nutritional benefits of goat milk. Currently they milk 72 goats, which takes about two hours from start to finish. This includes everyth...Read More
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    Joe Rieland, of New Munich, fought brain cancer for six years. Family members joined together in his honor to raise funds for “Working Together for a Cure” (WTFC). Pictured are (from left): Joe’s widow, Brenda; his sister-in-law, Denise Rieland and his niece and godchild, Lindsey...Read More
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  By Jennie Zeitler, Staff Writer jennie.zeitler@ecm-inc.com Pastor Carol Smith’s mom, Anne Sogge, “was always cooking meals” and that heritage contributed to the ministry Smith and her husband, Pastor Geary Smith, coordinate in St. Cloud which serves more than 7,000 meals a month. “Any...Read More
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By Jennie Zeitler, Staff Writer jennie.zeitler@ecm-inc.com When Stan and Lori Peglow pictured their retirement, they did not see caring for their disabled daughter and raising her three sons. But that is the turn their life took in 2008 when their daughter, Becky, fell from a horse. The Peglows rais...Read More
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By Jennie Zeitler Staff Writer jennie.zeitler@ecm-inc.com With the exception of six months’ active duty with the National Guard, Mike Middendorf of Sauk Centre has farmed his entire life. He grew up on a dairy farm three miles northeast of town and brought his wife, LaVonne, home there when they m...Read More
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  By Jennie Zeitler, Staff Writer jennie.zeitler@ecm-inc.com Sauk Centre’s Main Street Theater is one of the test market theaters showing “Walking With the Enemy,” from May 10 – 23. “I talked to producer/director Mark Schmidt at a convention in Las Vegas last year and he liked the...Read More
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  By Jennie Zeitler, Staff Writer jennie.zeitler@ecm-inc.com In the 18 months that Sauk Centre native Andrea Wander Kerfeld has been at the helm of the Sauk Centre Chamber of Commerce, membership has increased from 112 to 153. “The Chamber had stalled and was on ‘auto chamber,’” Kerfeld...Read More
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