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Karin and Aric Koenen look over grape vines at their Hinterland Vineyard and Winery east of Clara City. Neat rows of trellis hold six different varieties of grapes on nine acres. Hinterland Vineyard and Winery of Clara City will open its doors Friday and begin offering the first bottles of wine produced in a Chippewa County winery. The wines are crafted from Minnesota hearty grapes developed by the University including Frontenac, Frontenac gris, La Crescent, and Marquette as well as two varieties develop...

Hinterland Vineyard and Winery a first in Chippewa County

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It's planting season in Chippewa County, and farmers are scrambling to seed their fields with this year's crops of corn, soybeans and sugar beets. Except on a small corner of prairie one mile east of Clara City, where Karin Koenen and her son Aric had planted their crop years ago.

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