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Marshall County Farm Family

Szczepanski Family

The Szczepanski family farm in northwest Minnesota was first purchased by Keith’s grandparents, Alex and Sophie, in 1936. The couple lived on the farm raising three children. The family also raised livestock, grains and potatoes. In 1964, they retired and moved to Argyle. Keith’s parents, Alen and Gail, purchased the farm two years later and discontinued the livestock. The couple raised six children: Patti, Keith, Lynn, Vicky, Brian and Darren. Keith graduated in 1984 from Stephan High School and started farming with his father. Keith’s brother, Lynn, joined the operation in 1992 after graduating from East Grand Forks Area Vocational Technical Institute with a degree in mechanics. 

The family currently farms about 2,000 acres of seed potatoes, wheat, soybeans and canola.

Keith married Stacy Bergeron after she graduated from MSU. They have three boys: Kalen is a journeyman for Right Choice Electric; Kyler graduated from North Dakota State University with a degree in wildlife resource management, and Kole is currently in an electrical apprenticeship program. Stacy is an Early Childhood Home Visitor with Northwest Community Action.

Over the years, all family members have worked on the farm, especially at potato harvest. Alen is still involved in the farming operation along with Keith and Lynn. Kole just started to farm some land last year.

Keith has been a member of the Stephen Volunteer Fire Department for 21 years. He currently serves as a manager on the Middle-Snake-Tamarac Rivers Watershed District. Stacy served on the Early Childhood Family Education board and the First Lutheran Church of Stephan’s board of directors.

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