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Ardis (left) and Rodger Hotzler, along with their grandson Kenny and faithful dog, stand in front of the original home on the Hotzler Century Farm in rural Okabena. (Julie Buntjer/Daily Globe)

One family, two century farms for Hotzlers

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OKABENA — Of the more than 200 century farms recognized in Minnesota this year, Rodger and Ardis Hotzler of rural Okabena have something of a rarity among honorees.


They have not one, but two, farms that have been in their family for more than 100 years. The farms were handed down from one generation to the next on both Rodger’s dad’s side and his mom’s side of the family.

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Julie Buntjer
Julie Buntjer joined the Daily Globe newsroom in December 2003, after working more than nine years for weekly newspapers. A native of Worthington and graduate of Worthington High School, then-Worthington Community College and South Dakota State University, she has a bachelor's degree in agriculture journalism. At the Daily Globe, Julie covers the agricultural beat, as well as Nobles County government, watersheds, community news and feature stories. In her spare time, she enjoys needlework (cross-stitch and hardanger embroidery), reading, travel, fishing and spending time with family. Find more of her stories of farm life, family and various other tidbits at
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