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Norman County Farm Family

Alan and Brenda Grunhovd

The Grunhovd farm was homesteaded by Alan’s great-great-grandfather, Engebert. The farm has been operated by Alan’s great-grandfather, Henry; his grandfather, Ray; and his father, Danny. Currently, Alan manages the farm with help from his wife, Brenda, and their daughters, Ava and Sofie. Alan’s parents, Danny and Nancy, still contribute to the farm’s success.

The Grunhovds operate a 120-cow dairy and raise all their own replacement heifers. They are starting to use more beef terminal sires to increase the value of their bull calves with plans to raise them to finish. The family grows corn, soybeans and alfalfa on 320 acres. They also grow a multi-species cover crop for forage.

Alan works full-time on the farm. Brenda is employed at Riverview Hospital in Crookston working in the business office as an accounts receivable representative and is also self-employed as a stylist at 104 Salon in Gary. Brenda helps on the farm when possible. Ava and Sofie assist with feeding calves, milking, driving tractor and taking care of their sheep, pigs, and horses. Danny and Nancy help with day-to-day operations as well.

Alan has served on the county Extension committee and his local co-op board. He’s also a member of the local Holstein club board. Alan is currently president of the Fertile-Beltrami FFA Alumni and was involved in the creation of the Northern Lights Youth Livestock Show. Alan and Brenda are big supporters of their local 4-H and FFA. Brenda is an adult lead for the Polk County 4-H Horse Project and she and their daughters are members of the Twin Valley Riders Club. Ava and Sofie are members of 4-H and FFA and participate in girls’ basketball and rodeo.

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