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By Jennie Zeitler, Staff Writer jennie.zeitler@ecm-inc.com The Boston Marathon draws runners from around the world for reasons as diverse as the places they come from. Three of the participants in this year’s marathon hailed from Central Minnesota — Sabrina Hoppe of Nelson, Kevin Zimmer of Sauk ...Read More
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By Jennie Zeitler, Staff Writer jennie.zeitler@ecm-inc.com It was the supportive atmosphere and confidence-building that drew 2012 Upsala graduate Marjorie Schleper to the National FFA Organization (formerly known as Future Farmers of America.) While still in elementary school, Schleper was allowed ...Read More
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  By Tina Snell, Staff Writer tina.snell@ecm-inc.com It’s maple syrup time. At least, it should be. This year, winter is hanging on longer than usual. But, as daytime weather warms and nights stay cold, the sap will be running soon. The Krolls are ready. About 1,500 taps have been put in many...Read More
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  By Jennie Zeitler, Staff Writer jennie.zeitler@ecm-inc.com Todd County has no facility for unwanted animals. Laurie Determan and Katrina Wysocki are two of a group of people working to change that. Efforts had been under way for a few years, but had stalled and a new group of Todd County resi...Read More
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  By Jennie Zeitler, Staff Writer jennie.zeitler@ecm-inc.com Joseph Miller grew up on a farm east of Rice. But rather than expressing his creativity through farming, he has spent much of his adult life working with granite, bronze, acrylics and oil paints. After earning an art degree from St. C...Read More
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  By Jennie Zeitler Staff Writer jennie.zeitler@ecm-inc.com With the coming of spring, it is time for the annual CentraCare Health System-Sauk Centre Hospice Spring Fling Supper and Auction. This year’s event will be Friday, April 5, at the Sauk Centre American Legion. The supper and silent a...Read More
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  By Jennie Zeitler Staff Writer jennie.zeitler@ecm-inc.com Even though he didn’t spend his childhood on a farm, Chris Barnier has 33 years of experience in the farm industry under his belt. When he was considering a direction for his life in the late 1970s, the agriculture outlook was good. ...Read More
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By Jennie Zeitler, Staff Writer jennie.zeitler@ecm-inc.com Gary Fisher of Holdingford learned to make caramels while in boys’ chef class at Jordan Junior High School in Minneapolis. “I always liked to cook,” he said. “One thing I liked about the class was that it was right after lunch; if I ...Read More
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By Jennie Zeitler, Staff Writer jennie.zeitler@ecm-inc.com Christine Reitsma, 59th Princess Kay of the Milky Way and the first princess from Stearns County, has reached the halfway point in her one-year reign. Her time is filled with classroom visits as Princess Kay, as well as her own classes at th...Read More
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By Jennie Zeitler Staff Writer jennie.zeitler@ecm-inc.com It was a March of Dimes grieving packet placed in the hands of parents Aaron and Nicki Vogt of Sauk Centre, that led to the formation of Team Ivy Rose. The Vogts’ second child, daughter Ivy Rose, was stillborn in March 2009. “I was having...Read More
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