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Executive Board


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Doug Peterson, President

Doug has served as Minnesota Farmers Union (MFU) State President since April, 2002. Prior to his election, Doug served in the Minnesota House of Representatives for twelve years, representing a district in Western Minnesota. He was the author of legislation that established a statewide ethanol fuels requirement. An accomplished artist, former college football standout (Augustana College of Sioux Falls), and former teacher and coach, Doug is also a licensed auctioneer. He and his wife, Elly, live on their family farm near Madison in Lac qui Parle County.


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Gary Wertish, Vice President

Wertish was first elected as MFU Vice President in 2009.  He is a farmer who previously worked as an MFU Field Representative; and worked for Senator Mark Dayton as his Agricultural Director.  He farms with one of his sons raising corn, soybeans, navy beans and finishes out cattle and hogs.  Gary and his wife Jeanne have four grown children and four grandchildren.


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Bessie Klose, Secretary

Bessie has served as Minnesota Farmers Union State Secretary, and as a member of the State Executive Board, since 1982. Her involvement with Farmers Union began when she was a participant in youth camps, and received the MFU Torchbearer Award for achievement in education programs. Bessie and her husband, George, ran a dairy farm until 1993, and live on the farm in Kandiyohi County near Atwater.


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Merlyn Hubin, Chair

Merlyn was elected to the MFU Executive Board in 1988. He has also served as Cottonwood County Farmers Union President for more than 20 years. A former communications technician, Merlyn now farms 1,500 acres of corn and soybeans in SW Minnesota. He and his wife, Sondra, live on their family farm near Westbrook.


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Markell Vogt

Markell grew up on a North Dakota farm, and graduated from Minot State College. After teaching in Alaska, she returned to the Midwest and served as Director of Youth Activities for North Dakota Farmers Union for four years, and Minnesota Farmers Union for three years. Markell also served on the North Dakota Governor's Council on Children and Youth, and in Minnesota on the Governor's Rural Development Council. She and her husband, Roger, raise potatoes on a farm near Palisade in Aitkin County, where Markell also serves as Aitkin County President.


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Eunice Biel, Vice Chair

Eunice was elected to the MFU Executive Board in 1999. A graphic design artist with the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Eunice's education includes a Masters Degree in Public Affairs from the University of Minnesota, and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication from Winona State University. She and her husband, Robert, in partnership with their son, Kevin, and his wife Kelly, operate a dairy farm near Harmony in Fillmore County. Their family operates 950 acres, and grows corn, soybeans, and hay. Eunice also serves as Fillmore County Farmers Union President.


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Larry Jacobson

Larry is Clay County President, and became involved with Farmers Union by participating in youth camps, and received the Torchbearer Award for achievement in education programs. He is the Town Board Chairman, and a member of the Clay County Soybeans Grower Board. He has served as Clay County president for 20 years and raises more than 600 acres of crops with his wife, Regina, on their family farm near Hitterdal.


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Dave Johnson

Dave is the West Otter Tail County Farmers Union President. Dave graduated from Concordia College in Moorhead with a business education degree. He was a teacher and coach for 13 years. He raises wheat, corn and soybeans with his son, Darren, and lives on a family farm near Fergus Falls with his wife, Donna. Dave also serves on the Lake Region Health Care Corporation Board, and the Otter Tail County Water Planning Board.