Sequicentennial farms to be honored

Published 9:34 am Thursday, May 21, 2009

The Minnesota Farm Bureau will recognize 26 recipients of the Sesquicentennial Farm award for 2009.

A commemorative certificate signed by Gov. Tim Pawlenty, Minnesota Department of Agriculture Commissioner Gene Hugoson and Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation President Kevin Paap will be awarded to qualifying families, along with an outdoor sign signifying Sesquicentennial Farm recognition.

Included on the list is L an R Anderson, Lyle, 1858.

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Information on all Sesquicentennial Farm families will be available at the Minnesota Farm Bureau exhibit during the 2009 State Fair, Aug. 27 through Labor Day, Sept. 7.

Sesquicentennial Farm award recipients for 2009 include:

Blue Earth

Woodvale Farm, LLC, Lake Crystal, 1856


Gerald and Genelle Schimmelpfennig, Norwood Young America, 1856


Ambrose Sonnek, Minnesota Lake, 1859


Patricia Ann Heusinkveld and Dale Seth Heusinkveld, Preston, 1860


Maureen and Glenn Ruble, Albert Lea, 1857

John and Sue Nielson, Albert Lea, 1859


Thomas and Ruth Comstock, Zumbrota, 1857

Juel D. Estrem, Dennison, 1856

Norval and Herbert Hoverstad, Dennison, 1860

Robert and Kelly Tate, Cannon Falls, 1856

Rita Tollefsrud, Rochester, 1854

Paul Voxland, Kenyon, 1855


Larry and Charlotte Happel Braniff, Houston, 1856

Harlan L. Johnsrud, Austin, 1855

Shirley Skree, Caledonia, 1855-1858


MaryAnn Harty and Jerome Harty, St. Peter, 1856


L&R Anderson, LTD, Lyle, 1858


Dennis and Janice Guldan, New Ulm, 1858


David W. Flannery, Hamburg, 1857

Brian and Peter Weber, Henderson, 1858

Allen Willmsen, Arlington, 1858


Marvin and Rita Meyer, Meire Grove, 1858


James M. and Sharon D. Andrews, Owatonna, 1856


Wesley and Joshua Moechnig, Lake City, 1858


Lowell Dahl, Waseca, 1859


David W. Rowe, Hastings, 1848

Minnesota Farm Bureau is comprised of 78 local Farm Bureau associations across Minnesota. Members make their views known to political leaders, state government officials, special interest groups and the general public. Programs for young farmers and ranchers develop leadership skills and improve farm management. Promotion and Education Committee members work with programs such as Ag in the Classroom and safety education for children. For more information, visit www.fbmn. org.