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Kim, John and Typhanie Schafer aren’t ready to give up yet. They are still selling their six varieties of wine every weekend this summer. In the meantime, they are busy looking for a place to buy grapes in order to keep up on wine production, as many other Minnesota grape growers are facing similar losses. DL NEWSPAPERS/Paula Quam

Weedy Lake Winery suffers huge winter losses, family remains optimistic

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It was a dream that started when his grandpa died.

“I was really close with him,” said John Schafer of rural Audubon. “He was really big into farming and he made wine in his basement…among other things,” he laughed.

After Schafer’s grandfather passed away, his dream became more vivid.

“I kept having dreams about building wine racks,” he said. “And then I thought I should maybe start to learn about what goes into a wine rack, so I started making wine.”

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