STAFF BLOG THE FARM BLEAT Legend in the Limestone
I was sitting at the dining room table in a farmhouse along the banks of the Kanaranzi Creek the other day, listening to a fascinating couple talk about the heritage in their familys century farm.
Th... Posted on 9/2/11 at 4:00 PM
WORTHINGTON — This year, 144 Minnesota farms are being honored for 100 years of continuous family ownership by the Minnesota State Fair and Minnesota Farm Bureau. In the six counties of southwest Minnesota — Rock, Nobles, Jackson, Pipestone, Murray and Cottonwood — there are 14 families celebrating Century Farm status in 2012.
HARDWICK — Gates at the end of a half-mile-long driveway in Section 2 of Mound Township proudly announce the Christiansen family’s century-old roots on the prairie just north of the iconic Blue Mounds. Yet, it is the farmstead that wows visitors with its spread of original buildings, from the barn that was constructed in 1929 to the brick home completed shortly after World War II. The original, one-room house is tucked between some nearby trees; and the outhouse still stands as a reminder of the olden days.
LAKE WILSON — Wesley Hromatko can trace his mother’s lineage all the way back to New England in the 17th Century, but it is his father’s ancestors, who settled on land just northeast of Lake Wilson, who can be credited with establishing roots on a farm that has been handed down through four generations in a span of 100 years.
HERON LAKE — While it’s the 108-plus-acre plot owned today by Ardith Frederickson that is being celebrated with a new Century Farm designation, Ardith’s daughter-in-law Bonnie Frederickson has a brother who also lives on a 100-year-old family farm in the Canby area.
WORTHINGTON — The Vogt farm is rather well-known in Worthington simply because of its location within the city limits, directly across the street from Lake Okabena, and now brothers Walter and Norman are celebrating the fact that the land has been in their family for more than 100 years.
Lakefield’s Hansen brothers farm 450 acres LAKEFIELD — The Hansen farm has been officially re-christened the Hansen Cattle Company, but the Century Farm is still known far and wide as “Hansen’s it’ll do farm” — the slogan proudly proclaimed on its silo just north of Lakefield.
Third generation now resides on Cottonwood County century farm MOUNTAIN LAKE — Marvin and Yvonne Gerdes recently bought a house in town, but they plan only to spend winters there, returning to the farm they’ve called home for most of their lives during the warmer weather months.
ADRIAN — America. It is as much the land of the free and the land of opportunity today as it was hundreds of years ago, when people left their loved ones behind, boarded ships, endured days on the water and were welcomed into America, many times, by Lady Liberty.
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