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Returning to the Farm to Raise 'Kids'

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Career changes are fairly common for 20-something families.

But Devin Tolstad took a direction few expected.

Just a mile south of the Canadian border, near his hometown of Westhope, Devin is reviving the homestead he grew up hearing stories about.

And as Jennifer Thorgramson tells us, he's not doing it alone.

There's new life at the Tolstad farm.

The well-over century-old homestead has hosted little more than cats for the past ten years.

Now Tolstad is heading back to his roots to raise his 'kids.'

(Devin Tolstad, Westhope Resident) "There's Keebler. Captain Jack and Morgan. And Rampage, Reckless and Ruthless."

Six baby goats in one week.

(Devin Tolstad, Westhope Resident) "We ended up with a single, then twins and two days later we had triplets. It was quite an interesting morning and week, that's for sure."

Then again, there's rarely a dull moment for Devin and Katie Tolstad.

(Devin Tolstad, Westhope Resident) "He's the only one who does that too."

The homestead has been in Devin's family, but Devin's dad left the farm for life in Westhope.

(Devin Tolstad, Westhope Resident) "It skipped a generation when the kids moved away. Now we came back and started homesteading here. Bringing it back out here I guess."

His wife Katie had a similar story, a homestead in her background, but the experience jumped a generation.

So with their 'human' kids five-year-old Hunter and baby Avery, they've taken on a new dream on the farm.

(Devin Tolstad, Westhope Resident) "Hunter and I went to North Country. He wanted a duck and I told him he couldn't have just one so we came back with Larry, Curly and Moe."

Ducks, Turkeys, Chickens, and harmless hunter Bandit.

(Devin Tolstad, Westhope Resident) "It's always been a dream of mine to come back and farm and the animals are just a plus."

The Boar goats are his prize stock. 21 in all.

(Devin Tolstad, Westhope Resident) "Show mainly right now and as a hobby. Start from there I guess."

He says market for meat is healthy in the south and maybe someday he'll take his farm that direction.

Maybe cattle too.

But for now --- (we have a lot of 4-h projects)

The Tolstads are navigating the trail together. New beginnings. And baby steps.

In Westhope, Jennifer Thorgramson, KX News.

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