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Natascha Smrekar talks about closing Smrekar's Acres Tree Farm in December. The 46-year-old Guthrie woman died Jan. 24. (Pioneer file photo)

Smrekar’s Acres owner dies

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GUTHRIE -- Natascha Smrekar said it was time to spend more time with family when she closed the gate to Smrekar’s Acres Tree Farm in December. The 46-year-old Guthrie woman had been battling cancer and closed the business after a decade because she wanted to see more of her family.


She died less than two months later on Jan. 24.

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Crystal Dey
Crystal Dey covers crime, courts, tribal relations and social issues for The Bemidji Pioneer in Bemidji, Minnesota. Originally from Minnesota’s Iron Range, Dey has worked for the Echo Press in Alexandria, Minnesota, The Forum in Fargo, North Dakota, The Tampa Tribune in Tampa, Florida, the Hartford Courant in Hartford and West Hartford News in West Hartford, Connecticut. Dey studied Mass Communications at Minnesota State University Moorhead with an emphasis in Online Journalism. Follow Crystal Dey on Twitter @Crystal_Dey.
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