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Lac qui Parle County Farm Family

Mork family

Harold and Bethel Mork started the family’s farm in 1942. In 1968, their son Donn joined the operation with his wife, Sue. In 1992, Donn and Sue’s son Chris and his wife, Patti, joined the operation. Two years later Donn and Sue’s son Matthew and his wife, Jennifer, joined. In 2011, Donn and Sue’s grandson Austin and his wife, Kimberly, became part of the Mork Family Farm.

The Mork family grows corn and soybeans and custom-finish cattle in a deep-pitted monoslope barn.

Chris is a full-time farmer and Patti helps with meals, moving equipment, and running for parts. She is also a fifth-grade teacher in Dawson. Austin farms full-time and his wife, Kim works at Greater Community Credit Union in Dawson. She also helps with various jobs around the farm. Austin and Kim have three children, Sophie, Maddie and Heath. Chris and Patti’s daughter Hailey is a music therapist in Alexandria and helps when she is home.

Matt farms full time and his wife, Jen, is a kindergarten teacher in Dawson. She helps on the farm with meals, moving equipment and running for parts. They have two children, Ella and Evan, who help in the spring and fall.

The Morks are members of the Midwest Cattlemen’s Association. Austin is a member of Farmers for Dawson.

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