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Carolyn Lange

Reporter

After initially working in broadcast news, Carolyn Lange has spent the majority of her nearly 40-year career in print journalism and photography.
She lives on a farm in rural New London, where she raises chickens and maintains ridiculously large vegetable gardens.

RJ and James Orsten, two brothers who raise cattle north of Willmar under the name Cardinal Creek Cattle Company, are trying to get the message out that they are looking for land to rent and that they do, indeed, know what they’re doing.
A Craftsman-style bungalow built in 1910 in Bird Island has been added to the National Register of Historic Places. Owned by the Bird Island Cultural Centre, the structure earned the spot on the list in April. After expected repairs are completed, it's hoped the building will be open to the public within the next two years.
Concerns about the current drought in northern states and the high demand for ag commodities has led markets to increase for corn and soybeans. The potential risks and rewards of that current market were discussed at the annual Partners in Ag Innovation conference Thursday at the MinnWest Technology Campus in Willmar.
In celebration of its 100th anniversary and a two-year major expansion project of the milk processing facility in Litchfield, the First District Association sponsored a community project involving nonprofit organizations painting life-size statues of cows and calves that are now located outdoors at public and business venues. The Downtown Cowtown project culminates Aug. 26 when the statues will be auctioned off, with proceeds going to the nonprofit organizations.
Built around 1858, the Endreson cabin has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 1986. Located north of Willmar the cabin is one of the county's oldest existing buildings — still on its original site — with strong historical links to the events of the War of 1862.
A research study that will look at how genetic, lifestyle and environmental factors affect Minnesota families is underway. The goal is to have 10,000 Minnesota families enrolled in the multi-generational project, representing urban and rural communities.
For 55 years Dennis Benson has tuned pianos for stars, students, churches and schools. It's a unique craft that he's honed far beyond the mechanics of merely tuning a piano. His goal is to make them sing.
At 51, Paul Ryan is one of the youngest to serve as the national president of the Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks. He's used his "youthful spirit" to get the message of the Elks' mission out to the public in hopes of encouraging younger people to join.
With people translating information given first in English into three additional languages, a meeting Sunday evening in downtown Willmar addressed myths and misinformation making some people hesitant to get the COVID-19 vaccine. While there were numerous questions asked about the safety of the vaccine, at least half of the 90 doses of Johnson & Johnson vaccine available Sunday were administered.
With fewer young people growing up on the farm and more urban students interested in an ag career, the ag department at Ridgewater College in Willmar is recreating classes to teach basic farm skills.