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The venture into the local foods economy has allowed two generations to work together on the family farm north of Clara City. Jim and LeeAnn VanDerPol are shown with their son Josh, daughter-in-law Cindy and their children, Jake, Andrew and Kirsten. Photo courtesy of HMD Photography of Belgrade

Pastures A Plenty: Building a local foods economy by pioneering the path to the world


Gruff truck drivers, road-weary travelers from the Twin Cities and South Dakota, moms and dads from town, and lots of Clara City natives home for a visit, all arriving with big smiles.

It doesn’t matter.

When they open either of two freezer doors at the Cenex C-Store on Minnesota Highway 7 in Clara City, Laurie Woodring instantly knows what they have in common.

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Tom Cherveny
Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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