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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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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Justin Stofferahn

Justin was previously the Deputy Research Director at BlueGreen Alliance where he oversaw work on industrial and manufacturing issues. He also spent time in a research role at the lobbying…

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Glen Schmidt

Glen grew up on a dairy farm near Little Falls, Minn., and currently resides in St. Paul. He is a graduate of Bemidji State University with a degree in mass…

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Janet Kubat

Janet Kubat joined the staff in June 2021. She manages print publications for MFU, works with staff to develop promotional plans and works to make sure the stories of MFU…

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Kyle Hoffman

Kyle Hoffman joined the staff of MFU in January 2021 and has served many roles within the organization. First, as the District 1 Membership & Outreach Organizer; then, as a…

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Gail Donkers

Gail Donkers and her husband, Jim, have three children and farm with their extended family in Faribault where they raise corn, soybeans, alfalfa, dairy steers, finishing hogs and sheep. Gail’s…

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