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Gouda Cheese
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Johnston family operates creamery near Floodwood
John Grones/ Publisher,September 9, 2014
 

For the Johnston family, owning and operating a farm isn’t just a passion, but a way of life. A way of life that puts God first and foremost.

Jerry and Cora Johnston, along with their five children, recently celebrated their first batch of 60-day aged Gouda Cheese after starting a vision back in 2012. “Our goal has been to run a small-scale, sustainable, family business in farming the way God intended,” said Jerry and Cora. “We put God first in all things and seek his wisdom and guidance.”

The family farm includes a herd of grass-fed milk cows with a licensed cheese plant (creamery) on site. The raw milk is taken from the cows and turned into Gouda cheese. Gouda, or “How-da,” cheese is named after the city of Gouda in the Netherlands. The cheese is one of the most ...

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A young Fred Smith with a fish he caught on Big Sandy.
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Another resort from Big Sandy’s past ... Isle View
Jim Hawley / Contributing Writer,September 2, 2014
 

In the August 12 issue of the Voyageur Press, I wrote about the creation of the Bridge Road area on Big Sandy Lake via the efforts of Fred Smith to acquire the island and build a bridge that would link it to the mainland. This story will cover Fred’s arrival in the area and his activities prior to turning bridge-builder.

Fred Smith was born in Minneapolis and raised in Hortonville Wisconsin. Fred’s father, Frank, was stationed in the Philippines in the late 1800s, into the early 1900s. When Frank’s wife, Martha, became pregnant, she didn’t want the baby to be born outside the U.S. So, as the time drew near, she took a boat to the U.S., and then a train headed toward home, Hortonville. She stopped in Minneapolis to visit her twin sister, Alma. She stayed a tad too long, which is how Fred was born in Minneapolis and then raised in Hortonville.

After graduating high school, he and his family moved to Minneapolis. He attended Dunwoody Institute with an emphasis on training in carpentry. He met a young woman, Betty Vail, whom he married in 1941. Betty graduated from Edison High School and worked in Minneapolis. Betty’s dad was a mechanic for the city ...

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Maddy Street: The traditional celebrations— Wild Rice Days and the Lions Corn Feed— are held each Labor Day Weekend.

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McGregor, Minn., August 26, 2014
 

McGREGOR, Minn.—Labor Day weekend marks the end of summer vacation for the children. It is also a weekend of celebration in McGregor. People from all over the region will visit McGregor and enjoy Wild Rice Days and the Lions Corn Feed.

For many years, the event has featured a fun walk/run, car show, parade, medallion hunt and serveral vendors offering a variety of crafts and food.

New to Wild Rice Days is the Frozen t-Shirt contest added last year.

This year, additional entertainment, sponsored by the McGregor Area Chamber of Commerce, includes duo, “Vocal Perspectives,” comprised of Laurie Antonson and Wayne Leeds; Caught in the Act, a juggling act by Mark and Ben; and local rock band, Finding Blakesley.
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