Gary Wertish

Gary Wertish was elected Minnesota Farmers Union President in a special election in January 2017. Gary and his wife, Jeanne, have four children and four grandchildren. Gary ran a diversified…

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Anne Schwagerl

Anne Schwagerl was elected as the MFU State Vice President in 2021, after serving as the MFU State Secretary for five years. She and her husband, Peter, own and operate…

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Carol Anderson

Carol Anderson and her husband, Steve, farm 450 acres in Benton County. Carol graduated from Foley High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in political science with a minor in public administration from…

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Ted Winter

Ted was elected to the MFU Executive Committee from District 3 in 2017. He serves as the President of the Rock & Nobles County Farmers Union and has operated his…

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Linda Larson

Linda was elected to the MFU Executive Committee in February 2019 to represent District 5. Raised on a small family farm near Ruthton in southwestern Minnesota, she moved closer to the Twin…

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Steve Linder

Steve Linder was elected to the MFU Executive Committee in 2019 representing District 1. His son and daughter-in-law, Ben and Lexi, took over the farm in rural Oklee in 2022. He is…

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Joshua VanDerPol

Joshua VanDerPol was elected to the Minnesota Farmers Union Executive Committee from District 2 in 2018 and is Chippewa County President. He also represents Minnesota Farmers Union on the Meat Processing Working…

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Missy Bakker Roach

Melissa Bakker Roach, Secretary was elected as the MFU State Secretary in 2022 and serves as the President of St. Louis County Farmers Union. She grew up in South Minneapolis and spent…

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Claudine Arndt

Claudine Arndt began her adventures with MFU in 2010, starting part-time and eventually growing into her role as the Membership & Minnesota Cooks™ Program Manager. Having descended from a long line of farmers,…

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Stu Lourey

Stu Lourey’s primary responsibility is making sure that MFU members are well-represented at the state Capitol and other places where people are making policy decisions that affect family farmers and rural communities.…

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