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'Tomato king" reigns at Albert Lea, Minn., nursing home

Published 10/03/2009, Albert Lea Tribune

Every year in March, St. John’s Lutheran Home resident Larry Kimpell gets a little antsy. Deemed the Tomato King by his fellow residents and staff at the facility, Kimpell, 80, starts looking through his seed catalogs, planning out what kinds and how many tomato seeds he will purchase, plant and nurture for the year. In mid-April, he plants the seeds, keeping them under special lights, misting them with water and putting them next to a fan to build the strength of the stems.

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