Minnesota River Interviews - Richard Handeen & Audrey Arner, Moonstone Farms

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Richard Handeen & Audrey Arner
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"This is where my great grandfather started his farming in Minnesota with his wife Johanna [Johann and Johanna] in 1872... [They] were driven by a conservation ethic."


 

 
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Video Text: "This is where my great grandfather started his farming in Minnesota with his wife Johanna [Johann and Johanna] in 1872.  The land was railroad property at the time.  I used to visit my grandparents here and this house was built in 1920.  There was no running water, there was a windmill, and wood heat.

[Arner] One thing that strikes me about your grandparents is that they were driven by a conservation ethic. Your grandparents wrote about these issues for the Montevideo American. Also, when the drainage system was being put in place, they chose not to ditch and connect into the system when it came through our farm. So we don’t have a lot of tiling here. There are no open inlets on our property."

 
   
         

 

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