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Christopher Vondracek

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Minneapolis, MN, United States

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Past articles by Christopher:

'That's still the dream': Buying up Minnesota farmland

With land prices hitting record levels, the ability to buy up Minnesota farmland is increasingly difficult for most beginning farmers. But some still try (and succeed). → Read More

5 changes Minnesotans will likely see from the historic climate bill

The Inflation Reduction Act has the potential to transform the way we drive, heat our homes and grow our food. → Read More

A look at the Canadian company buying Famous Dave's

Quebec-based MTY Group got its start in shopping malls and business food courts. → Read More

At Farmfest, Minnesota congressional candidates pledge support for rural economies

In the competitive Second District race, Rep. Angie Craig and challenger Tyler Kistner flexed their farm country credentials. → Read More

Price of fertilizer on the steep rise — farmers unsure who, what's to blame

Farming — like all industries — has not been immune to rising prices this year. The concentration of fertilizer producers has left many crop farmers feeling squeezed. → Read More

Minnesota beef growers split on proposed federal rules on slaughterhouses

Ag committees in both U.S. chambers held hearings this week on legislation aimed at bringing transparency to sales of beef cattle between growers and processing facilities. → Read More

'Jane Roe' of landmark abortion case became pro-life activist for the money: Documentary

A new documentary purports that “Jane Roe” of the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade ruling that legalized abortion became an anti-abortion activist in the 1990s only because she was being paid and encouraged by pro-life activists. → Read More

Special Section: We Will Never Forget: Rolling Thunder®, Inc. Holds 32nd Ride For Freedom

“Rolling Thunder®, Inc. Holds 32nd Ride For Freedom” is a Special Report prepared by The Washington Times Special Sections Department. → Read More

Butte County reaches agreement with Faulk County to detain Keystone protesters

Butte County is taking steps to prepare for a possible overflow of inmates in event of protests — and subsequent mass arrests — during the expected construction of the Keystone → Read More

Poems for the Holiday Hills: Finding a tree in Little Elk Creek Canyon

Finding a Tree in Little Elk Creek Canyon Editor's note: Poems for the Holiday Hills is a five-day poetry series about winter scenes in the Black Hills. → Read More

Transgender man's death stops lawsuit against state of South Dakota

A federal lawsuit filed by a transgender man from Hermosa against the state of South Dakota and the director of human resources is set to be dismissed after the unexpected → Read More

Pet store animal abuse trial set

A Rapid City judge heard testimony Thursday on whether evidence seized by animal control officers this summer from the Pitter Patter Pet Store should be suppressed due to the insufficiency → Read More

Poems for the Holiday Hills: Boxing Day in Edgemont, 1968

The s'mores, hotdogs roasting, it faint before the yellow light Faithful" on the AM radio, like Church without a stone holding it back. Editor's note: Poems for the Holiday Hills is a five-day poetry series about winter scenes in the Black Hills. → Read More

Poems for the Holiday Hills: Holiday Break, North of Wall

Editor's note: Poems for the Holiday Hills is a five-day poetry series about winter scenes in the Black Hills. → Read More

Plumbing company gets in the Christmas spirit

Cynda Frey's two-week-old baby is probably too young to play the role of Baby Jesus. Plus, her employer, Loyal Plumbing, already has one. → Read More

Lawsuit: Telephone company says Legion Lake Fire 'an act of God'

The telephone company sued by Custer County landowners for last December's Legion Lake Fire says the third-largest wildfire in the Black Hills was caused by "an act of God." → Read More

Douglas school board votes to "consider" firing middle school principal

The Douglas School District Board voted Tuesday night to consider the termination of a middle school principal. → Read More

South Dakota unlikely to allow CBD oil even though it's in farm bill

There's a jar in the GrassRoots smoke shop on Rapid City's north side collecting tips for a purpose. → Read More

Young poets have their voices heard at Lakota Nation Invitational

Tyra Akers, a junior at Pine Ridge High School, said she's only been writing poems for a year. Her literary hero? → Read More

Trade war could have big impact on scoreboard prices at Rapid City high schools

Time is running out on the Rapid City school district's purchase of scoreboards for Central and Stevens high schools — thanks to an impending escalation of the U.S.-China trade war. → Read More