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100-year-old Karppinen farm officially earns century status

The Karppinen farm in rural Frazee was among 215 Minnesota agricultural properties recently recognized as 2014 century farms by the Minnesota Farm Bureau and Minnesota State Fair.

Qualifying farms have been in continuous family ownership for at least 100 years and are 50 acres or more.

The Karppinen property, originally purchsaed by the family in 1913, was the only century farm listed in Becker County.

The Larson Family Farm in rural Hawley was the only century farm listed in Clay County, while the Roberts Family Farm in Becida was the only Hubbard County century farm listed.

In Otter Tail County, century farms listed included: Lundquist Farms, Battle Lake (originally purchased in 1883); Swend Larson Descendants, Dalton (1914); Ten Mile Farm, LLC, Dalton (1914); Buchholz Family Farm, Fergus Falls (1906); Juvrud Farm, Henning, (1911); Albert and Violet Huwe Farm, New York Mills (1913); Richard and Karen Otremba Muckala Farm, New York Mills (1908) Marlin C. Jorgenson Farm, Perham (1914); Reynolds Farm, Underwood (1884); Snyder Farm, Wadena (1914).

Mahnomen County farms listed include: Kramer Farms, Bejou (1914) and Bursch Farms Inc., Mahnomen (1914).

Clearwater County farms listed include: Pete Hoie Farm, Bagley (1914); and Virgil & Arlis Strandlien Farm, Shevlin (1913).

Century farm families receive a commemorative sign, as well as a certificate signed by the State Fair and Minnesota Farm Bureau presidents and Gov. Mark Dayton.

Since the program began in 1976, more than 9,900 Minnesota farms have been recognized as century farms.

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