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Farm life explored in new book by local author

'Four Farms: Life In Lake Andrew Township'

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NEW LONDON — “Four Farms: Life in Lake Andrew Township, 1864-1964” explores the lives of the families living at four farms along one mile in Lake Andrew Township in Kandiyohi County.

Grasshoppers, blizzards, creameries, drought, country schools and churches are a few of the subjects covered by author Carolyn Mankell Sowinski.

While this book captures the lives of the families (owners and renters) on these farms, this mile was one of many, so this becomes a story about a vibrant Scandinavian farming community.

During these 100 years, the families and their neighbors encountered hardships, worked to better their lives, cared for their spiritual growth and educational needs, experienced the joy and sadness of life, and found themselves impacted by inventions and events outside the township.

The author grew up in Lake Andrew Township, on one of the farms highlighted in this book and attended school in the New London-Spicer district.

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The book is available at the Kandiyohi County Historical Society and Lakeside Press, both in Willmar.

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Carolyn Mankell Sowinski

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