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Woodbury residents Pat and Jane Thiegs are in the process of starting a vineyard and eventually hope to start a winery, Woodlane Oaks Winery and Vineyard. A group of people assisted the Thiegs in planting their vineyard on Sunday.

Woodbury couple's grape escape: backyard vineyard

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Back in April 2011, Woodbury residents Jane and Pat Thiegs decided to get away for the afternoon, so they hopped in their car.

"We just got in the car and drove," Jane said. "We let the car lead."


The Thiegs eventually found themselves in Prescott, Wis., where they saw signs for Valley Vineyard.

The couple stopped in, sampled some wine, talked to the owners and found a new life adventure.

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Amber Kispert-Smith
Amber Kispert-Smith has been the schools and Afton reporter at the Woodbury Bulletin since 2008. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota. She previously worked as a reporter for Press Publications in White Bear Lake.
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