Briefs: Lone Oak Days re-create 1940s farm life in Eagan

  • Updated: August 30, 2014 - 2:00 PM

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Farm life in Eagan in the 1940s is the theme of Lone Oak Days in mid-September.

Activities include: hay rides, pony rides, rope making, a pie eating contest, and butter churning.

The event takes place September 20 & 21 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Holz Farm.

The farm, originally 80 acres at what’s now 4665 Manor Drive, was settled in the 1870s.

It remained in the Holz family until 1993, after the deaths of Otto and Ella Holz.

A grass-roots campaign began to save the site as a living history farm. The City Council bought it in 1995 for that use.

A booklet offering a walking tour of Holz Farm has been created for those wishing to learn more about each of the buildings on the property as well as the history of Holz Farm.

Friends of the Farm, a nonprofit land stewardship organization staffed by volunteers, stages events aimed at providing what the group calls “educational, entertaining, historical and cultural perspectives appealing to a wide range of interests and ages.”

Upcoming events include an Old Fashioned Holiday, on December 7.

Holz Farm Camp and A Day at the Farm experiences for youth are available during the summer months.


Expansion of 126,000 square feet is feted

Katie Clark Sieben, commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, attended a groundbreaking this month for a huge expansion of a Lakeville packaging plant.

The plant is at 8085 220th Street W.

Menasha Packaging’s expansion includes a 121,578-square-foot addition to the manufacturing plant, including a rail dock, and a 4,780-square-foot office space addition.

The facility turns out corrugate boxes, and designs and produces displays.

The firm has been in business for 165 years, based in Neenah, Wis.

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