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Larry Jensen displayed some of his chocolates and foil-wrapped cordials last weekend during Art Leap. He's marketing them through farmer's markets right now. (Sarah Smith / Enterprise)

Guthrie welder becomes chocolatier

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Jackpine Savage, meet Julia Child.

This real-life story of a jack-of-all-trades turned Northwoods chocolatier is the tale of Guthrie resident Larry Jensen.


The farmer-welder-blacksmith-machinist-pipe fitter-handyman saw opportunity when Ainsworth Lumber Co. idled, then eventually closed its Bemidji plant in October 2008 due to the stagnant home-building economy.

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Sarah Smith
Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers courts, business and breaking news in addition to outdoors events.
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