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NICOLE SCHAFFER started work as a soil conservationist with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) field office in Detroit Lakes on June 20. The Hastings native divides her time between her new job and her home in Hastings, which she and her husband Jeff purchased back in April.

Between two worlds: NRCS soil conservationist divides time between job in Detroit Lakes, husband in Hastings, Minn.

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Though she's enjoying her position as the newest member of the USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service's (NRCS) field office in Detroit Lakes, soil conservationist Nicole Schaffer says she's "living a double life."


There's her professional life in Detroit Lakes, where she spends her weekdays helping landowners and farmers to address soil erosion and water quality concerns as well as managing nutrients, and protecting and improving wildlife habitat.

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Vicki Gerdes
Staff writer at Detroit Lakes Newspapers for the past 14 years, currently editor of the entertainment and community pages as well as obituaries. Living in DL with my cat, Smokey.
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