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"The third week in July my biggest pumpkin grew 30 pounds a day for 10 days," David Starner says. Jo Colvin / Forum Communications

The Great Pumpkin 2012: Minnesota man grows half-ton pumpkin

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HOFFMAN, Minn. - As of Sept. 4, the gigantic orange blob lying amid a sea of green vines and leaves on David Starner's farm near here reached a hefty 1,029 pounds.

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He now can cross growing a 1,000-pound pumpkin off his to-do list.

That half-ton quest has roots going back to 2002, when a Hoffman resident decided to pit local growers against each other to see who could raise the largest pumpkin. While the competition withered, Starner challenged himself.

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