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Larry Jensen displayed some of his chocolates and foil-wrapped cordials during the Park Rapids Art Leap last month. He's marketing them at area farmer's markets right noiw.

From welder to chocolatier

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Jackpine Savage, meet Julia Child.

This real-life story of a jack-of-all-trades turned Northwoods chocolatier is the tale of Guthrie resident Larry Jensen.

The farmer-welder-black-smith-machinist-pipe fitter-handyman saw opportunity when Ainsworth Lumber Co. idled, then eventually closed its Bemidji plant in October 2008 due to the stagnant home-building economy.

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