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The key to great pickles


MOTLEY – The secret to great pickles is buried in Audrey Tholl’s backyard.

Sort of.

Tholl, known as The Pickle Lady, has been making her famous garlic dill pickles for at least 40 years. When she and her late husband Ralph farmed their land in rural Motley, she also planted enough cucumbers to make at least 500 quarts of her pickles each summer, which she sold to others and gave to family and friends as Christmas gifts.

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Jodie Tweed
Jodie Tweed has been a staff writer at the Brainerd Dispatch since May 1997, primarily covering education and writing human interest stories. She also took over as HealthWatch editor in the spring of 2010. A graduate of Pequot Lakes High School, she received her bachelor’s degree in mass communications at Bemidji State University and her master’s degree in mass communications at St. Cloud State University. She previously worked as news director at KLKS Radio in Breezy Point and was a media consultant at a Twin Cities public relations firm. She also worked as a staff assistant for the former “Nashville Now” television show on The Nashville Network while attending college in Nashville. She and her husband, Nels, have three daughters, Erika, 17, Madeline, 2, and Beatrice, who was born in April 2011.