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Meeker County Farm Family

Roberg Family Farm

The Roberg farm was purchased in 1876 by Andrew and Mary Roberg. Their son, John and his wife Olive, later took over the farm. John’s sons, Dwaine and Howard, farmed together for several years. Dwaine married Elaine and they raised twin sons, Larry and Gary, a daughter, Debi, and a son, Loren. The family worked together raising chickens, pigs, and dairy cattle. They also raised crops. The family milked cows for 48 years until 1997. Elaine was active milking cows and Dwaine handled the fieldwork. Their son, Larry, lived on the farm with his wife, Joyce and their children, Jason and Jennifer. Gary and his wife, Fern and children Jackie, Angela, Tim, Stacy, and Amy also lived on the farm.

Several generations of the Roberg family work on the farm.  Larry and Gary started raising breeder turkeys in 1991. Jason, his son, Weston, and Tim each manage their own turkey operations. Loren manages the crops, and all family members help with fieldwork. Weston is the sixth generation of the family to be actively farming.

Elaine continues to provide support to the farm as well as delicious meals for the family. Larry and Joyce handle their turkey operation and the bookkeeping. Jason and his wife, Cindy, are involved with turkey breeding and fieldwork, they have four children: Weston, Andrea, Leanna and Nolan. Gary and Fern along with Tim and his wife, Michele, are involved in turkey breeding and fieldwork. Tim and Michele have four children: Mikayla, Grace, Roman, and Luke. Loren and his wife, Janet, take care of crop planning and fieldwork.

Elaine has been very involved in Nordland Lutheran Church for many years. Larry has driven a bus for several mission trips and occasionally drives for the ROSE Center in Paynesville. He served on the Paynesville E-Free Church board. Joyce served as church secretary at PEFC. Cindy serves as part of a homeschool co-op group. Weston was active in sports and is a volunteer coach for Paynesville wrestling. Gary served on the PEFC elder board. Fern served on the Meeker Co-op Round-up board and on the Paynesville School board. Joyce and Fern were instrumental in starting the Koronis Eager Beavers 4-H Club. Tim and Michele are active in Paynesville school activities, church youth groups, and mission trips. Tim has coached wrestling at ACGC and Paynesville Schools. Loren is on the Paynesville CENEX board. Janet was treasurer of the parish guild of the Assumption Parish in Eden Valley. She is also a Rosary leader and does Eucharistic adoration.

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