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LAMBERTON– When Ryan Batalden graduated from college, he worked for a time in a Twin Cities office.

But, Batalden, who grew up on a farm, always felt the tug of the land.


"I was in a cubicle and I just couldn't deal with it," he said. "I didn't really have any direction but I knew I had to work outside."

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