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Solwolds named 2022 Carlton County Farm Family

The Solwolds are one of 85 farm families and operations to be honored statewide.

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Don Solwold, of Esko, moves feed pails while caring for his bison Wednesday Dec. 1, 2021, at the Quartermaster Buffalo farm in Esko. The Solwolds were recently recognized as the 2022 Carlton County Farm Family.
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CLOQUET — Don and Marlene Solwold of Quartermaster Buffalo in Thomson Township were named the 2022 Carlton County Farm Family, the University of Minnesota Extension announced.

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The Solwolds are one of 85 farm families and operations to be honored statewide. There will be a ceremony to recognize the families at 1:15 p.m. Aug. 4 at the annual Minnesota Farmfest on the Gilfillan Estate near Redwood Falls, according to a news release.

The Solwolds purchased their first pair of bison in 1974. Quartermaster Buffalo offers bison steaks, roasts and burgers to restaurants, hospitals and other customers. The operation has been scaled back and has become a cow-calf business. Yearlings are sold to other bison farmers for future breeding and/or meat production, the news release said.

Lori and Mychal Franklin, Don and Marlene's daughter and son-in-law, are active on the farm. Mychal is involved in all aspects from feeding, fencing, sourcing and maintenance to transport. Lori adds her decades of experience raising bison.

Don and Marlene's daughter, Julie Solwold, provides additional labor and helps with the farm's accounting, the news release said.

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The Solwolds are also involved in the peat industry and organized the Minnesota Peat Association.

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