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East Otter Tail was logged in the 1880s, which means the oldest trees in the entire area are about 120 years old. They were youngsters when the mature timber was taken. And it was these parcels of cleared land where families carved out small family farms throughout the countryside. Bob Sonnenberg's stewardship plan calls for management of the existing timber-stands, as well as reforestation of marginal agriculture acreage.

Area tree farmer earns national recognition

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As woodsmen, sawyers and lumberjacks go, Bob Sonnenberg doesn't fit the mold.

He cuts trees, plants trees, saws lumber, splits wood, stacks logs and wears a mustache; but when it comes to tree farming, Newton Township's best-known woodsman spends just about as much time with a computer as he does with a Swede saw.

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