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Leroy Petersen is the newly hired agriculture and renewable energy specialist for the Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission. Tribune photo by Anne Polta

New EDC ag specialist believes in planting seeds

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WILLMAR — Kandiyohi County and Afghanistan are worlds apart but when it comes to farming, Leroy Petersen sees the common ground they share.

It hit home one day when he was visiting with an Afghan farmer and noticed that the weeds in the fields looked just like the weeds that grew on his own farm back in Minnesota.

“We discovered we had the same weeds in our farms half a world apart,” he said.

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Anne Polta

Anne Polta covers health care, business/economic development and general assignment. Her HealthBeat blog can be found at http://healthbeat.areavoices.com. Follow her on Twitter at @AnnePolta.

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