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Steele County Farm Family

Mike and Marsha Dinse Family

The Dinses are the fourth generation of the family to farm their land in Steele County. Over the years, the farm has changed from a dairy and swine operation to what is now a cash crop farm growing corn and soybeans. The Dinse family farms 1,600 acres in Meriden township.

Mike is the owner/operator of the farm. Marsha is a third-grade teacher and helps with parts running, meals, and providing rides to family members. The Dinses’ oldest son, Matt, works for Central Farm Service as a precision agronomy specialist. Matt helps on the farm when time allows. Matt’s wife, Paige, is a nurse practitioner at Compare in Owatonna and Rochester. Their son, Kayson Paul, joined the family earlier this year.

Mike and Marsha’s son Mitch is an industrial tech/ag ed teacher at Owatonna High School and helps around the farm when he can. Their daughter, Mikayla, is a student at South Dakota State University majoring in animal science and she too helps on the farm when she is able.

Mike is a 14-year member of their local rural fire association, and the family is very involved in Steele County 4-H and the Steele County Fair. Mike and Marsha have served as 4-H club leaders and on the 4-H livestock committee, 4-H purple ribbon committee, and 4-H market sale committee.

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