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AnnMae Johnson's grandparents, Franka and Geerd, are center front in this family photo.

Family values: Rushmore native relates history and lessons of rural upbringing in book

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As a schoolteacher, AnnMae Groenewold Johnson would often tell her students stories about her own upbringing on a farm in southwest Minnesota and even some of the immigrant experience of her grandparents.


“My students couldn’t believe what I talked about when I grew up,” she recalled. “It was hard for them to imagine.”

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Beth Rickers
Beth Rickers is the veteran in the newspaper staff with 25 years as the Daily Globe's Features Editor. Interests include cooking, traveling and beer tasting and making with her home-brewing husband, Bryan. She writes an Area Voices blog called Lagniappe, which is a Creole term that means "a little something extra." It can be found at  
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