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Century Farm Awards were presented to four Becker County families at the 123rd annual Becker County Fair on Saturday, Aug. 2 in Detroit Lakes. Among those honored were the Schons family. DL NEWSPAPERS/Vicki Gredes

‘Century Farms’ provide a wealth of history

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The Minnesota State Fair has been recognizing century farms — farms that have been in continuous ownership by a single family for 100 years or more — since 1976.


But it’s only since 1987 that the Becker County Fair has offered a similar program. In that time, a total of 90 farms within the county have been awarded century farm status — and this year, four more were added to the list, bringing the total to 94.

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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.
(218) 844-1454