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This weekend is your chance to learn all you want to know about alpacas. Visit Pat and Dawn Devney at their farm, 5744 212th St. For more on the alpaca farm tour visit Nathan Hansen/Independent

They're becoming alpaca evangelists


When Pat and Dawn Devney bought their first alpacas in 2004 they were looking for a pet. They'd seen the South American pack animals at the Minnesota State Fair and thought they were cute. So they bought a few.

Five years later, the animals are earning their keep. The couple sells yarn made from their animals' fleece and has opened a small shop on their porch to sell products made from alpaca hair. They've started breeding the animals, and they might start selling them soon.

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