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Big Stone County Farm Family

Ronald and Marlyce Thompson and Family

Ron was born and raised in Big Stone County. He received an associate degree from the University of Minnesota Crookston and attended the University of Minnesota, St. Paul campus. Marlyce (Grega) grew up in Marshall County, attended Bemidji State College, and then attended the University of Minnesota Crookston. Ron and Marlyce met at the University of Minnesota Crookston and were married in 1972. They both grew up on small dairy farms and had other aspirations for their future. The Thompsons say the Lord had other plans for them. 

In 1973, they were drawn back to Ron’s roots in Big Stone County. By 1979, the couple moved to their current farmstead on Otrey Lake. Ron and Marlyce raised their three children, Matthew, Elizabeth and James there. Matthew attended Alexandria Vo-Tech for diesel mechanics. He is married to Jessica, and they have three children, Kameryn, Kaleb and Kennedy. Elizabeth graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and computer information systems from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. She is married to Jason Windingstad and has five children, Zachary, Hayle, Addyson, Dylan and Kalyn, and one grandchild, Brooklyn, with another on the way. James graduated from Ridgewater College with an associate degree in auto body tech. He is married to Nicole. They have a daughter, Charlotte. 

Over the years, you would have found a variety of plants and animals on the farm. Ron also did custom stacking of hay and cornstalks for other farmers. They continue to grow mainly corn, soybeans and alfalfa as well as raise beef cattle. The Thompsons are stewards of Ron’s parents Ervin and Arlys Thompson’s Century Farm as well as stewards of a close neighbor and friend’s farm. 

The Thompsons have been part of the 4-H program since the 1960s. They were involved in dairy cattle, beef cattle, hogs, clothing, food, woodworking, electrical, rabbits, photography and were 4-H ambassadors as well as chaperoning during the Minnesota State Fair and state horse competition on multiple occasions

The Thompsons are very active in their church, Trinity Lutheran Church in Ortonville. They have served on many boards and taught in many classrooms and groups over the years while spreading the Lord’s gospel. Ron continues to be part of the Otrey Township board and has served on the Ortonville school board. Marlyce is active in the Big Stone/Rice Carris Hospice board. The family has also been part of the farm management program with Tim Holtquist. 

The Thompsons feel blessed that they have received many gifts from their Heavenly Father throughout their lives including their families and many good friends across the country and world. Most importantly, the Thompsons believe they are to share their gifts and help others daily. 

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