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Baumgarns honored as a top farm family

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The Marlene Baumgarn family of rural Round Lake has been named Jackson County’s 2022 “Farm Family of the Year” by the University of Minnesota. The family was recognized at a special ceremony during last month’s Jackson County Fair in Jackson and officially honored by the University of Minnesota at an Aug. 4 ceremony at the annual Farmfest near Redwood Falls. […]

Three locals fare well at National Junior High School Rodeo finals

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Three Jackson County girls fared well at the National Junior High School Rodeo finals in Perry, Ga., earlier this summer. Jessica Dvorak, Josie Dvorak and Sadie Hotzler earned trips to the national competition after finishing in the top four at the Minnesota Junior High School Rodeo finals in Fergus Falls back in May. Hotzler is reigning state champion in barrel […]

Volunteers headed to Jackson County for river cleanup effort

A major volunteer effort to clean up portions of the West Fork Des Moines River will kick off in Jackson County next week. Iowa Project AWARE — which stands for “A Watershed Awareness River Expedition” — is an Iowa-based environmental conservation organization that been organizing river cleanups across southern Minnesota and northern Iowa for nearly two decades, only pausing in […]

Former 4-Her returns as summer intern

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Two years ago, Abby Ignaszewski walked across the stage to receive her diploma at Jackson County Central High School in Jackson. Now, she’s returned to the county as the Jackson County 4-H program’s summer intern. A lifelong 4-Her, Ignaszewski started out as a Cloverbud, attending summer camps, showing livestock and building various projects. This summer, she’ll be helping younger kids […]

Thompson sees success with dairy

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For Noah Thompson, dairy is a family tradition worth keeping alive. The Cottonwood County resident and Jackson County Central High School sophomore is the grandson of Willis Hinkeldey, owner of Jackson County’s last remaining dairy farm. Thompson helps out his family on the farm and shows dairy cattle each year through 4-H. This year, Thompson also went to the state […]

Wedebrands make beef a family tradition

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For many farm families, activities like 4-H and FFA are true family traditions, passed from father and mother to son and daughter. Kids grow up on the farm learning from their parents, then taking on projects with their peers in student organizations. Sometimes, siblings end up cementing family traditions for one another. That’s certainly the case for the Wedebrand family […]

Local native looking to go ‘from the feedlot to the House floor’

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A Jackson County native with a background in and deep appreciation for agriculture is seeking to represent his former home county in Congress. Matt Benda, a 1988 graduate of Jackson High School and current Albert Lea attorney, is running for the First Congressional District seat vacated in February upon the death of former U.S. Rep. Jim Hagedorn. Benda, who is […]

Bendas make sheep a 4-H family tradition

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Matthew Benda has been around sheep since he was just a kid, growing up on a farm in rural Minnesota with his family. He and his wife, Gretchen, who now live in rural Alpha, have three kids, all of whom have grown up taking care of and showing sheep. Parker, Payten and Paige Benda have all been working with sheep […]

Liepold, Majerus honored with state pork board awards

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Two Jackson County residents have been recognized by the Minnesota Pork Board for agricultural excellence and contributing to their communities. Larry Liepold of rural Brewster was awarded the 2022 Environmental Steward of the Year Award. Kevin Majerus of rural Lakefield was awarded the 2022 Swine Manager of the Year Award. An innovative approach Liepold won his award in large part […]

City aims to make planting a garden easy

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As the month of March rolls in, planting is on the mind of many — both farmers out in the country and gardeners within city limits. This year, the city of Jackson is making planting a garden easy — even for those who don’t necessarily have the space. Jackson’s community gardens are open for reservations. Six plots spread across three […]


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