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A typical combine ride spurred Emma Kratcha's agricultural based research.
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Dave Vacha has carried his childhood hobby of building snow and ice structures into adulthood.
Individuals profiled this week include members from Apex Engineering Group, KLJ, and Kraus-Anderson.
The following story appeared in the Grand Forks Herald's Winter Wedding Guide, published in the Dec. 18 edition of the Herald.

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The Germans from Russia brought distinctive Christmas customs to North Dakota when they immigrated in the 1890s and early 1900s. Some have faded away, but many traditional foods remain part of holiday celebrations.
Noor Zazai takes the oath of citizenship after seven years in Fargo.
Larry Zea enjoyed opera, flying, hunting, fishing and raising Scottish Highland cattle. For many years the jolly, white-bearded man became Santa Claus, working at shopping malls in Bemidji, Mankato and suburban Chicago. He marched with the U.S. Navy Band in President Kennedy’s funeral procession. But friends and family will remember Zea, who died Nov. 12 at age 84, for his generosity and zest for life.
For nearly three years, Daphne Enger, 6, has been battling a rare brain disease that has caused her to lose her motor skills and speech. Her parents hope a petition drive will persuade the FDA to fast track a gene therapy that has shown promise in reversing the disease's effects.
'She had grown weary of the knowledge of her reality, knowing this country and this world would never stop trying to force her to submit to its ignorance, and her family rages for her,' her obituary stated.
Don Olson and his wife, Marie, who live on a farm just outside the east edge of Montpelier, recently received the Family Heritage Award and the Edward H. Stoll Award for 50 years of service to the National Weather Service. The Olsons, who are retired farmers, volunteer their time to measure daily precipitation totals and report weather data.

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Newton talks about the Duluth farming scene, her favorite thing to eat from her harvests and that time she met Andre 3000.
Laurel Reuter reflects on her unwavering dedication to the mission of building a "world-class museum for the people of the Northern Plains"
The park was dedicated on September 11, 2021 after 69-year-old retired Brigadier General Al Palmer got the park built after a decade of planning.

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