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.