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Marlin Rechtzigel built the 42-foot sailboat in the background -- the Rex Sea Gull -- and wrote a book about the experience. He also built a house and most of the buildings on his east Rosemount property. Nathan Hansen/Town Pages

Built with his own two hands

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Step into the yard of Marlin Rechtzigel's east Rosemount home and take a look around. See the barn? The big one? Rechtzigel built that. And the house where Marlin and his wife raised their children? He built that, too.

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Come to think of it, there isn't much on Rechtzigel's property he didn't build.

The two silos? Yep. The machine shop? Absolutely. The eight grain storage buildings? Rechtzigel built them all.

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