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Katie Pinke reflects back on the life changing moments that have shaped her current Advent season.
Katie Pinke shares four key takeaways from Bowman Area Chamber of Commerce's banquet for each community and county to celebrate agriculture.
Katelyn Engquist works full time in agriculture but has started a side business of custom cookie decorating. She plans to hold a cookie decorating class on Dec. 3 in her hometown of Chokio, Minnesota.
A planned weekend away to a country music concert gave Katie Pinke a reminder of support for mental health after seeing and hearing Wynonna Judd on stage who lost her mother and singing partner Naomi Judd to mental illness this year.

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"Last week, I experienced two widely different new experiences on the same day: witnessing my first harvest of a new crop and watching Elizabeth at her first state golf meet in a new sport."
Nick Stromme recently gave a beeswax candle and beehive demonstration a local 4-H meeting. Stromme increased his family's beehives from 500 to 3,500 growing the commercial honey business while he and his wife Lisa also utilize the by-products of wax and bee pollen for new products they sell locally.
“An ideal buyer would have a good understanding of the food industry and an entrepreneurial mindset that allows the business to continuously grow," said Mary Hodny, current owner of Leo's Potato Dumplings. "They must also have the insight and open-mindedness to see its potential.”
How many people would go hungry if we break up big ag, like a bumper sticker said? My simple answer is billions. Billions with a “B.”
"An indoor harvest meal reminded me, in this season, I feel the luckiest."
Ditterich Mercantile recently opened to fill a need for a grocery store in Vergas, Minnesota. It's an example of community innovation and passion.

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"Travel again. Carve out time with your loved ones. Go see a corner of America you have yet to visit. Adventure awaits … and the work is still here when you come home."
Katie Pinke and her family recently reconnected with a nurse who cared for her son after a spinal cord injury.
"American life is not bleak, in my opinion. If you want to find the goodness, the Americana we love, go out and experience rural America."

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