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Wilkin County Farm Family

Jeremy and Karensa Tischer

The Tischer farm is a third-generation operation that dates to the 1940s. Jeremy and Karensa are the third generation of the farm that was started by Jeremy’s grandfather, Richard Kruse Sr. Richard broke most of the home farm out of prairie and was instrumental in establishing good drainage at the farm and in the county. Richard was also one of the forefathers of Minn-Dak Farmers Cooperative.

Jeremy’s father, Doug, and his uncle, Richard Kruse Jr., retired from farming in 2011. Currently, Jeremy and Karensa farm 4,000 acres of corn, soybeans, wheat, and sugar beets. Jeremy, along with his cousin Eric Kruse, long-time employee Mitch Reiff, Jeremy’s father, Doug, and family friend Russell Henderson handle the majority of the fieldwork.

Karensa works full-time for Lakes Country Service Cooperative. She keeps the household running, handles yard work and makes financial decisions for the farm.

The Tischers’ son, Hayden, loves to run the machinery, especially at fall harvest. He also picks rock and mows—which he doesn’t like as much. Jeremy and Karensa’s daughter, Sydney, likes to hang out in the tractors and combines and has mowing responsibilities.

Jeremy is a trustee for the Minn-Dak Sugar Political Action Committee and serves on the board of the Clay/Wilkin Corn and Soybean Growers Association.

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