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Glen Belisle sits in front of his plants in a shared vegetable garden behind his apartment complex. Belisle’s plants take up the majority of the plot and include tomatoes, lettuce, peppers and cucumbers. (Photos by Gretta Stark)

WWII vet still gardening at 87

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Glen Belisle started gardening when he was 3 years old, helping his mother with her garden and learning from her.

"My mother was a great gardener," Belisle said. "I think of her all the time when I'm gardening."


Which is every day, with very few exceptions, Belisle said, despite the fact he is 87 years old, has had multiple hip surgeries and is confined to a power scooter.

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Jeff Holmquist
Jeff Holmquist has been managing editor of the New Richmond News since 2004. He holds a bachelor's degree in journalism and business administration from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. He has previously worked as editor in Wadena, Minn.; Detroit Lakes, Minn.; Hutchinson, Minn.; and Bloomington, Minn. He also was previously owner of the Osceola Sun, Stillwater Courier and Scandia Messenger along with his wife. Together they previously founded and published The Old Times newspaper for antiques and collectibles collectors; and Up!, a Christian magazine of hope and encouragement.
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