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Sue and Mark Christopher have operated Maple Leaf Orchard in the Town of Gilman for 21 years, after planting their first apple trees there in 1987. The Christophers are honorary citizens for this weekend’s El Paso Days celebration, which will salute the area’s apple orchards. (Herald photo by Bill Kirk)

Christophers consolidated ag expertise, diversified orchard

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SPRING VALLEY—Mark and Sue Christopher originally were looking for land where grapes could be grown, not necessarily apples, and perhaps that’s a good thing.


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Bill Kirk
Bill Kirk has been editor at the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth, Wisconsin, since 1988. He holds a bachelors degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. He previously worked in the media distribution department at the University of Minnesota's Minneapolis campus and is past editor of The Tri-County News in Osseo, Wisconsin.
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