Kerry and Kimberly Ruppert Family
The Ruppert farm started with 160 acres in Murray Township. It was homesteaded in 1897 by Kerry’s great-grandparents, John and Mary Ruppert. John and Mary’s son, John V. and his wife, Theresa, purchased the farm in 1933. Their son, Melvin, and his wife, JoEllyn, purchased the farm in 1975 and added 200 additional acres. The farm is now run by Melvin and JoEllyn’s son, Kerry, and his wife, Kimberly. Kerry started farming in 1981 after graduating from Canby Vo-Tech. He later purchased the farm from his parents.
Kerry and Kimberly met and married in 2001 while Kerry was working at Schwan’s in Marshall. Kerry has a degree in production agriculture and Kimberly earned a degree in ag business. They have three children: Haylee, Zachery and Katelyn. The kids all help around the farm with chores that include driving grain carts, picking rocks, unloading grain and soil sampling. They also help with the family’s garden business, Ruppert Garden Produce, which is paying for their college education. The Ruppert farming operation consists of 1,200 acres of owned and rented land planted to corn and soybeans.
Kerry runs the day-to-day operation of the farm; Kimberly helps wherever she is needed. Haylee graduated from college with an agriculture business degree and lives with her boyfriend, Josh Anker, in Murdo, S.D., helping him with his cow/calf and grain operation. Zachery is enrolled at Minnesota West-Worthington working toward a plant science degree and Katelyn will be in 9th grade this fall at Tracy High School.
The Rupperts are members of IHM Church in Currie and the Minnesota Farm Bureau. Kerry and Kim oversee the Tracy Area Youth Pool League and Kerry serves as the Tracy Area Pool League president. Kerry is a member of the Tracy Eagles Club. Haylee and Zachery were members of the Tracy Area FFA where Katelyn is currently a member. The family is honored to be the Murray County Farm Family of the Year.