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Wabasha County Farm Family

Darrel and Gwen Klein

Darrel’s parents, Alfred and Freida, purchased the farm in 1948. They raised various livestock with their three boys. Alfred passed away in 1960. Darrel entered the army in 1970. He came back home to farm, but he rented other land, not the home farm. His brother was farming the family’s land. Darrel also worked at the local feed mill in Mazeppa and drove a school bus. He started farming full time in 1974 and took over the family farm in 1978. He raised feeder pigs and fat cattle. In 1980, Darrel and Gwen were married, and they raised two sons. Darrel and Gwen purchased the home place in 1983 and started a farrow-to-finish operation along with a herd of beef cattle.

The Kleins got out of the hog business in 2002 and the beef cattle in 2013. The family now grows corn and soybeans on 500 owned acres and 1,200 rented acres. The Kleins’ oldest son, Jason, is married to Abby and they have three daughters. Jason is owner of Turbo’s Repair in Mazeppa. He helps on the farm when needed, The Kleins’ youngest son, Cory, is owner of Klein Trucking in Mazeppa. He helps in the spring and fall and hopes to take over the farm from his parents. 

Darrel and Gwen are members of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Mazeppa. Darrel belongs to the American Legion and Honor Guard in Mazeppa and the VFW in Zumbro Falls. Gwen works full time at Mayo Clinic.

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