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Submitted photo The Mertens Family Dairy Farm of rural Staples, honored by the University of Minnesota in its list of 2012 Farm Families of the Year, has four generations active in farming. Back row, from left: Lois Mertens, Creig Mertens, Roxy Mertens and Nicholas Mertens. Back row: Landon Mertens and Axel Mertens.

Award recognizes farm families that stay strong in the area

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The Wadena and Todd County Farm Families of the Year were named by the University of Minnesota July 17.

The Mertens extended family of rural Staples was chosen for Wadena County. Their dairy farm has been in the family since 1950, and four generations are active in the agricultural life.


The Lunemann Family of rural Eagle Bend was chosen for Todd County for Twin Eagle Dairy, which has been in the family since the 1930s.

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