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Country Acres encompasses rural living in the central and southeast Minnesota areas. We find stories that peak a variety of interests and piece them together with the heart and soul of each subject in mind
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Welcome to Country Acres
Where farm meets family, meets country living


Thank you for visiting the official site of Country Acres. Our pages can be found in printed copies dispersed to readers in the countryside of Central and Southeast Minnesota. We are also happy to be able to offer our unique content to you online for access whenever and wherever.

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Going on nearly 50 years of craftsmanship

Spectrum Stained Glass Studio producing
windows, lamps since 1975


DASSEL - The sun’s light shined through six stained windows of the Dassel Covenant Church, casting an iridescent rainbow over the pews where artist Tom Nelson, of Spectrum Stained Glass Studio, stood.

The artist soldered together an assortment of shapes and colors to symbolically portray the life of Christ.

“We all have a biblical image of what Christ’s life was like,” Nelson said. “These images help to get people thinking about what took place. Someone can look at the crown of thorns and draw their own image.”

 
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Hooked on a hobby

McCarty crafts fishing rod handles
for more than 20 years


ELGIN — Archie McCarty spends six hours a day, five to six days a week creating handmade fishing rod handles. At age 81, working over a lathe, McCarty crafts thousands of handles a year.

He does not take orders online. He does not email. McCarty answers phone calls from customers throughout the week. He talks with each person individually, walking through their needed specifications to create the perfect handle just for them.

Occasionally, someone will call for a bulk order of 30-40 handles for a class or a school, but the majority of McCarty’s work is done for individual fishing...
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