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Sikkink family celebrated their Century Farm August 8


By Morgan McManimon-Myers

Mon, Aug 17th, 2015
Posted in Harmony Features

The four children of Paul and Judy Sikkink presented them with a plaque commemorating the milestone event of their farm becoming a Century Farm. The farm is located west of Harmony and was originally purchased by Paul’s grandfather, Henry Sikkink, in 1915. Photo by Judy Sikkink

This year marks the 100 year anniversary of the Sikkink family’s purchase of their 160 acres of the original farmland in 1915 – farmland that has been continuously owned by three generations of Sikkinks ever since. The original 160 acres that were the original homestead acreage are what may officially be referred to as the “century farm”. The farm is located at 11436 225 Avenue, Harmony, Minn.

In 2015, the Minnesota State Fair and Farm Bureau Program recognized 221 Minnesota farms as 2015 Century Farms. Qualifying farms have been in continuous family ownership for at least 100 years and are 50 acres or larger. Century Farm families receive a commemorative sign, as well as a certificate signed by the State Fair and Minnesota Farm Bureau presidents and the Governor. Since the program began in 1976, more than 10,000 Minn. farms have been recognized as Century Farms. Century Farms in the area include the Sikkink farm of Fillmore County, purchased 1915; The Wilson Stevens farm of Preston, purchased 1915; and the Sorum farm of Rushford, purchased 1882.

The original homestead purchase of the Harmony Sikkink farm was made by Henry Sikkink, who farmed with his wife, Senia, before passing the land on to his son, Harold, who farmed with his wife, Vera. The farm was then inherited by his son and current owner, Paul Sikkink and his wife, Judy.

Judy notes that she has in her possession the homestead papers “that look like they were signed by Abraham Lincoln”, a prize that she has framed and ready to view. She had pictures of the generations of family as well as the farm on display for their celebration – the couple celebrated their century farm with a private party for friends and family on August 8 at the farm.

Judy Sikkink noted regarding Harold and Vera Sikkink, Paul’s parents, “They had four sons, Roger, Emerson, Elton, and Paul, and all four of those sons served in the military – I think that is just really interesting.” The eldest two served in the Navy, while the younger two were in the Army. To honor this part of the family’s history, she displayed a flag with their pictures.

Hosting parties on the farm is no new challenge for the Sikkinks. “We have a large shed with concrete floors and a shelter,” says Judy. “We have had a fall party every year for the past 15 years for the family where we grow pumpkins, have a hayride, and carve pumpkins.” She says the g .....
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Lanesboro Local offering classes in August

Mon, Aug 17th, 2015
Posted in Lanesboro Features

Lanesboro Local is once again taking registrations for some educational and very interesting classes. Choose from these August classes: • August 29-9 a.m., Amish Pie Making • August 29-10 a.m., Seed Saving with David Cavagnaro Lanesboro Lo ..... 
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Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation provides loan to the Driftless Fly Fishing Company

Mon, Aug 17th, 2015
Posted in Preston Features

Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF) recently approved funding from its Small Enterprise Loan Fund to The Driftless Fly Fishing Company LLC (Driftless), an Orvis-Endorsed fly fishing guide service and supply store in Preston. Driftless ..... 
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Group envisions a Veteran’s Memorial Park in Wykoff

Mon, Aug 17th, 2015
Posted in Wykoff Features

A committee of eleven area residents has been meeting once a month for almost a year to create a Veteran’s Memorial Park at the corner of Highway 80 and Gold Street in Wykoff, Minn. According to a press release “the Wykoff community is in the ..... 
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Estelle’s, new eats in Harmony

Mon, Aug 17th, 2015
Posted in Harmony Features

Matt and Heidi Brown of Harmony, Minn. experienced big changes in July 2015. With not only the birth of their first child, daughter Estelle, on July 10, but also the opening of their new business named after their daughter, Estelle’s Eatery & Ba ..... 
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Fillmore County Fair 2015: Friday results: Beef & Goat

Mon, Aug 10th, 2015
Posted in All Features

Beef Show Supreme Beef Champion: Bodie Mayer, AHF. Beef Steer Champion: Tanner Morrison, AHF. Reserve Champion: Jens Lind, FE. Dairy Steer Champion: Erica Earley, FE. Reserve Champion: Taylor Gravos, NGG. Beef Rate of Gain Champion: Elij ..... 
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Fillmore County Fair 2015: Thursday results: Dairy, Goat, & Rabbit

Mon, Aug 10th, 2015
Posted in All Features

Dairy Show Junior Dairy Showmanship Champion: Kaci Ruen, LL. Reserve Champion: Emarie Jacobson, NGG. Intermediate Showmanship Champion: Morgan Wingert, HHH. Reserve Champion: Alexis Williams, MBB. Senior Dairy Showmanship Champion: Kay ..... 
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Fillmore County Fair 2015: General Project results

Mon, Aug 10th, 2015
Posted in All Features

Aerospace Champion: Nathan Dietz, RRR. Division 2 Champion: Nathan Dietz, RRR. State Fair Line-Up: Nathan Dietz, RRR. Bicycle Champion: Devon Troendle, LL. Division 2 Champion: Devon Troendle, LL. State Fair Line-Up: Devon Troendle, LL. Child a ..... 
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Lanesboro barn dance

Mon, Aug 10th, 2015
Posted in Lanesboro Features

The Lanesboro Barn Dance will present another chance to kick up your heels on Saturday, August 15 at the Sons of Norway Hall in Lanesboro, Minn. Starting time is 8 p.m. and admission is $7.00 at the door. Located on Parkway Ave. next to Sylvan Park, ..... 
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