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Trying to put down roots in Carlton County


April 24, 2020

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Heather-Marie Bloom works at her rented farm near Cromwell. She and partner John Hatcher are looking to buy acreage in Carlton County this year.

It was the stand of white pines that sold us this spring. We turned off the gravel road, stepped out of the car and you could hear it: The wind whistling through the pine needles.

We were home. Or, we thought we were.

The 40-acre parcel of land was just down the road from Cromwell and near where we now rent a farm. It had most of the things we were looking for - decent land, a few outbuildings, and a large buffer of woods and wetland.

My partner could run her vegetable farm from here and I could still manage the commute to my job in Duluth.

It was early in our search for a farm. We had pr...

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