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Taya Koljonen, Alex Welte, Easton Kyte and Daevin Schultz said ‘hello’ to Merle the miniature donkey during a field trip to the Lubitz family farm last Friday. The students learned that Merle and the other donkeys on the farm have a special job: to protect the cows and calves from wolves and other predators while in the pasture. Elizabeth Huwe/FOCUS

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It’s been 20 years since Janice and Jack Lubitz first agreed to show a class of children around their rural Perham dairy farm.

“One of the junior kindergarten teachers asked if a small class could come out to see animals,” Janice said in an interview last week. “That’s how it all started.”


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