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Detjens Country Cutting Inc. was established by Duane Detjen in 1982. It started as deer processing and expanded to cutom cutting of beef, hogs, bison and lambs. The business continued to grow and began producing homemade sausages, snack sticks, wieners, and bologna.

Watertown Wisconsin



Brian Walsh and Mark Cichanofsky, two employees, purchased the business from the Detjen family. They continued to produce the great tasting sausages using the same recipes and continued to harvest animals. The name was changed to Northern Trails Meats LLC.


This was one of the most challenging years the business has faced. Brian Walsh passed away unexpectedly. Mark continued the operations without his business partner.




Northern Trails experienced a fire in the retail store. We continued to operate using portable freezers in the parking lot while the store was restored. We are fortunate to offer a shoping experience that features only Wisconsin-made products from meat products, jams, spices, BBQ, sausages, maple syrup, and much more.


This was an exciting year for Northern Trails. It is truly a family business. Vicki has joined Mark and manages the retail store. Their son, Brett purchased part of the business and continues Brian's legacy by harvesting animals on the farm.




Mark and Vicki's other children have joined the team. Both Brandon and Bridget have become a vital part of the business as we continue to move forward. We are fortunate to employ five other employees that make the Northern Trails family complete.