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Wednesday, June 12

Ropp Jersey Cheese Farm, Normal

Photos and story by Art Taylor

Ray and Carol Ropp spent the evening of their wedding anniversary hosting the Normal Rotary Club's Rural-Urban Night at Ropp Jersey Cheese Farm.

The speaker was Colleen Callahan, director of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. Colleen grew up on a farm and had a long career as an ag broadcaster, in addition to stints at the USDA Rural Development and independent consulting.

Colleen said her department works closely with the state Department of Agriculture to serve the interests of this very important industry while protecting our environment. The Illinois DNR's responsibilities include such things as the state's parks, licensing for hunting, boating and fishing, the state's museums and historic sites.

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