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Kittson County Farm Family

Kent-Dostal Family

The Kent-Dostal family farm was started by Ron Hanson in Orleans, MN, in the 1970s. He began with a commercial herd of beef cattle and small grain farming. In the 1980s, he was joined by his daughter, Kathy, and they began buying Limousin bulls to cross on their polled Hereford cattle. Gradually, they transitioned to raising and selling registered Limousin seedstock.

Kathy married Terry Kent, an elementary school teacher, in 1983. They had two children, Danika and Dylan. When he wasn’t teaching or coaching football, Terry, a native of Freeborn, relied on his own farming background to support Kathy in her passion for farming. She continued to develop the seedstock portion of the business, which operated under the name Kent Limousin. From the beginning, she focused on quality genetics, at one point owning some breed-leading bulls for the birth weight and weaning weight traits. 

Kathy was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 1996 and tragically passed in 1997 at age 36. Terry assumed her role in the Hanson-Kent partnership to help his father-in-law continue the operation. Danika graduated from the University of Minnesota Crookston with animal and equine science degrees, and a degree in animal production from Tarleton State University in Stephenville, Texas. She took an ownership role in the farm in early 2017 and married Allan Dostal in October 2019. Allan has a teaching degree from Mayville State University, but coming from a century farm in Badger, his true passion is farming. His interests lie in grain farming and he expanded the crop side of the operation to include canola, flax, wheat, soybeans, corn, oats  and alfalfa.

The current operation continues to build on the foundation established by Ron Hanson. Terry, Allan and Danika are the owner-operators of the farm with seasonal help from Allan’s father, Frank, and brother, Joe, and close friends and neighbors. Dylan and his wife, KayLeigh, are landowners committed to the continued success of what Kathy helped create decades ago. While Terry maintains a very active and supportive role in the operation, he is enjoying passing the torch.

The Kent-Dostal family are active members of Saint Patrick's Catholic Church in Hallock. They are members of the North American Limousin Foundation, the Minnesota State Cattlemen’s Association, and Heartland Limousin Foundation. Terry is a retired teacher and an assistant football coach for 45 years and counting. Danika serves on the Northwestern Stockmen’s Association Board of Directors. She and Allan volunteer time with local youth-oriented ag programs.

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