After growing up on a dairy farm near Rollag, Kurt married Denise on her family’s farm near Karlstad in northwest Minnesota. After a few years working in the banking and accounting industries, the couple started farming with Denise’s father, the late Lloyd Johnson, and her brother, Dean. They raised certified seed potatoes, wheat, barley, sugar beets, edible beans and sunflowers on their Century Farm. The farm is currently raising seed wheat, seed soybeans and corn.
The Aakres have three children. Their son, Adam and his wife, Shawna, along with their kids, Landon, Mandie, Levi, and baby due in November, joined the farming operation near Springbrook in 2016. Kurt and Denise’s daughter Ashley blessed the family for a short 10 months on Earth. Their daughter Alexis is a registered nurse and her husband, Bennet Uhler, is an engineer. The couple has a daughter, Layla, and is expecting a baby in September.
The Aakres are long-time members of Karlstad Assembly of God Church where they’ve been involved in various aspects of leadership and ministry. Kurt serves on the Heritage Christian School Board and he served for many years on the Karlstad Elevator and Kittson County Crop Improvement Boards.