Board of Directors


Officers

Patrick Lunemann
President
(Statewide Representative) 
Clarissa, MN
(218) 756-2555 
tedairy@eaglevalleytel.net

Web: twineagledairy.com

Marianne Peterson
Secretary
(Dist. #2 Representative) 
Pine City, MN
(320) 629-6655 
petersonmarianne@yahoo.com

Pat, and his wife Jody, own and operate Twin Eagle Dairy near Clarissa.  They currently milk 725 dairy cows and own a 480 acre farm, as well as operate some additional leased acres. Pat enjoys leadership roles in the dairy industry, cooperatives, and local government. Besides Pat’s role at Minnesota Milk, he currently also serves as Vice-Chair of the Minnesota Agri-Growth Council.  His passion is singing with the Staples Area Men’s Chorus.  Pat and Jody are proud to have raised five sons and one daughter on their third generation farm.

“Minnesota Milk benefits dairy producers by providing a voice in the area of dairy leadership for our state, our legislature and our infrastructure.”

Marianne and Jeff have five adult children. Jacob, their oldest, is a partner in their farming operation where they milk 350 cows and have 2,700 acres of crops. Jeff is a past board member and president of Burnett Dairy Coop. Marianne is on the Pine County DHIA board and executive committee and also serves on the executive board for Minnesota Milk as the secretary. Marianne enjoys spending time with family, giving farm tours, working with young employees showing dairy through 4-H, and their family is also big supporters of Gopher sports and Twins baseball.

“Minnesota Milk has the opportunity to benefit all dairy producers in Minnesota. The Education Committee works hard to present producers with many educational experiences and networking opportunities. The Public Policy Committee works with state and federal leaders to ensure that laws and government policies work to the favor of the Minnesota dairy producer. They also work with other government and private agencies for the best interest of dairy in Minnesota. The Membership Development Committee works on different strategies to increase membership. They also work on the Producer of the Year award, Legislator of the Year, scholarships, and donations to develop new leadership programs for producers. The entire board and staff are committed to keeping Minnesota a dairy rich area.”

Dave Buck
Vice President
(Dist #8 Representative)
Goodhue, MN
(651) 923-4274 
bucks@sleepyeyetel.net

Shelly DePestel
Treasurer
(Statewide Representative)       
Lewiston, MN
(507) 523-2432
daleyfarm2@live.com

Dave milks about 420 cows and farms 810 acres of wheat, alfalfa, corn and soybeans. They also raise steers with their oldest son, Chris. Dave and Ann have six children; Chris (Christy) is a teacher, Shannon (Chuck) is a speech pathologist, Amanda (Matt) is an RN, Brian (Bridget) an Agronomist, D.J. is at River Falls and Taylor is at home. They also have eight grandchildren.

“Minnesota Milk benefits Minnesota dairy producers by being a voice for dairy farmers whether it’s in St. Paul, dealing with the media or anywhere else we come in contact with the public.”

 

Shelly and her husband Dean have 3 children. Dean works off the farm as the Mechanical engineering department supervisor at Valley Design in Fountain, MN. Shelly currently serves on the community relations committee for her local bank and is a MARL class V (Minnesota Agricultural and Rural Leaders) alumni. Shelly enjoys reading, hiking and home renovation when time and money permits.

Shelly is in partnership at Daley Farm of Lewiston LLP with her dad (Mike), uncle (Steve) and 4 brothers, Mark, Brian, Neil and Ben. Each partner is responsible for certain day-to-day aspects in the operation. They currently milk 1,425 cows, with all replacements also being home-raised. They also have 3,500 acres which consists of corn, alfalfa and pasture.

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Directors

Greg Blaine Photo Greg Blaine
(Dist. #4 Representative) 
Little Falls, MN
(320) 632-3576 
bartchelle@msn.com

Roger Peters
(Dist. #9 Representative) 
Tyler, MN
(507) 247-5899
rw.peters@frontier.com

Greg bought his family farm in 1990 and built a freestall and flat parlor in 1996. In 2009, he installed a Lely robot and is now milking 70 cows and raising all their replacements on the farm. Greg also farms 400 acres and raises alfalfa, corn silage and grain corn.

Greg and Michelle are both active members of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church. Greg is an active member of Minnesota Farm Bureau and is currently the Morrison County Vice President. He was also elected to the Minnesota House of Representatives from 2001 until 2006. Greg has served as a Minnesota Milk Director since 2009. In his free time, Greg enjoys music, playing guitar, collecting and preserving vintage farm equipment and tools, spending time at the lake, reading and politics.

“Minnesota Milk provides value to our members by being the one-stop comprehensive resource for all of us involved in the dairy industry through information, education, representation and networking!”

Roger milks 250 cows and farms 320 acres. Roger and Kris have 3 children; Erin lives in Paynesville, Jeff lives in Tyler, and Mike is at University of Minnesota Morris. Kris works off the farm as a critical care supervisor at the Tyler Hospital. Roger is a township board member, AMPI delegate, and together they are members of the Tyler Area community Club.

“Minnesota Milk gives us a voice to be reckoned with. Legislators like to hear one voice and by being members, we can do that. With 14 members on our board, we should have a good picture of what dairy producers want from our state.”

 Joe Borgerding
(Dist. #6 Representative)
Belgrade, MN
(320) 254-8430
jborg@wisper-wireless.com

 

Craig Roerick
(Statewide Representative)
Upsala, MN
(320) 255-6169
croerick@surfsota.com

Joe and Toni milk 160 cows and raise dairy beef with the help of their family, Danny, Teri, Tommy and Tyler, and several part-time employees. Joe also enjoys the added challenge of managing the farm organically since 2004. Joe has been manager of their local Watershed Board and has seen the importance of environmental stewardship to water quality. Joe enjoys reading, traveling and his first grandson, Bryce.

“Minnesota Milk does a good job representing Minnesota dairy producers at the State Capitol and provides educational opportunities needed to remain competitive as the industry changes. Economic cycles have changed making Minnesota one of the best places to milk cows, but we need to stay abreast of Legislative attempts to prevent our producers from enjoying access to fair markets.”

 
Bob Dombeck
(Dist. #3 Representative)
Perham, MN
(218) 346-5952
bob_dombeck@yahoo.com
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Rick Smith
(Dist. #11 Representative) 
Adams, MN
(507) 582-1347
rgs3162@gmail.com

 Bob and Tiffany have three young daughters; Morgan, Taylor & Karlie.  They enjoy lake days and trips in the summer and hunting and ice fishing during the winter.  The kids also enjoy helping with chores and feeding calves on the weekends.

Bob helps manage all aspects of the farm, dairy, and crop along with his father (Mark), brother (Steve) and brother-in-law (Jeremy).  They milk 350 cows, raise their own heifers and have 2,000 acres of crops (corn, soy, kidney & alfalfa) which are all under irrigation.

"Minnesota Milk keeps dairy producers updated in current affairs and monitors the government/ legislative issues and changes.  The educational programs that they sponsor also provide producers plenty of useful information."

Rick is a fourth generation dairy farmer, in partnership with his two brothers Randy and Joe. They milk 240 holsteins, raise 95 head of steers, and custom finish 3,500 hogs a year. On the crop side they raise corn, alfalfa, and soybeans on 600 acres of land.Rick and Tracy have three children, Derick, Mckinzie, and Jonah. They also love hosting exchange students having six over the years from Russia, Ukraine, and Indonesia. Rick enjoys bowling, camping, hunting and riding his Honda Goldwing. Rick has been a NMPF Young Cooperator for two years, serves on his local ADA board, and was also in the Minnesota Griculture and Rural Leadership (MARL) program.

“Minnesota Milk is the voice of Minnesota dairy farmers. We as dairy farmers don’t have a lot of time to be heard with our busy schedules. I feel that MMPA has the expert people on staff to help us as dairy farmers if a problems should arise.”

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Greg Jans
(Dist. #5 Representative)
Grove City, MN
(320) 857-2381
cojo@hutchtel.net

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Kristine Spadgenske
(Dist. #1 Representative) 
Menahga, MN
(218) 564-4249
markspad@wcta.net

Greg and Nikki farm in partnership with their son, Joe, and his family. They raise corn and hay which all goes back into the dairy. Joe and his wife have one daughter. Greg is also fortunate that his other daughter (Codey) and her husband and four boys live just down the road. Greg enjoys watching the grandkids in their different activities and traveling when time allows. Greg is on the County Planning and Zoning commission board and also a United Farm Credit director.

“Minnesota Milk is the voice for producers in several different fronts (government, national organizations, state agencies, etc.). Minnesota Milk also sponsors and facilitates educational programs throughout the year around the state.”

Kristine and Mark live near Menahga in North Central Minnesota with their four children; Ryan, Kate, Adam and Seth. Kristine is a stay-at-home mom and Mark farms in partnership with his twin brother. They milk 250 cows, raise their own replacement heifers, and farm 200 acres of corn for silage and 600 acres of hay for haylage and dry hay.

Kristine is very involved as the current church council secretary at Bethany Lutheran Church, clerk for Runeberg Township, board member of the Becker County American Dairy Association, and director on the Minnesota Dairy Promotion Council/ Minnesota Division Board for Midwest Dairy Association. Mark and Kristine are also active participants of the Speak Out! Program implemented by Midwest Dairy Association. In her spare time, Kristine enjoys singing.

“We are fortunate to have an organization like Minnesota Milk who serves as a voice for Minnesota dairy farmers with legislatures both at the state and national level. We must continually work to educate our elected officials on day to day activities on the farm and how policies can affect us, both good and bad. Continuing education is vital to any profession, and Minnesota Milk does an excellent job providing farmers with educational opportunities so we can keep up to date with our ever changing industry. Minnesota Milk continues to create bridges with industry partners. I believe we must work together as an industry so we can remain sustainable in the future.”

Garrett Luthens
(Dist #7 Representative)
Hutchinson, MN
(320) 587-3658
garrett@luthens.com

Michael White Photo Michael White
(Dist. #10 Representative) 
Pine Island, MN
(507) 356-8915
pineislandwhite@aol.com   

Garrett wakes up every morning to his wife Melissa, and children Annabelle and Micah. His favorite time of the day is having breakfast with his family, and then taking a walk around the farm to check on the cattle, visit some of the crew and monitor for changes from the previous day. His goal is for the dairy to provide a great quality product, produced in a cost effective manner. Garrett enjoys traveling up to Northern Minnesota and also likes to read business books that discuss best practices in business. He also serves on three other boards of directors: Hassan Valley Township, Hutchinson Joint Planning Board, and Pelican Pines Board.

“Minnesota Milk provides another avenue for producers to enhance their operation though new ideas, tools, communication with other producers and industry experts. Minnesota Milk presents a positive front for Minnesota producers through educational seminars, tours, and literature to help enhance the public’s opinion of Minnesota producers. We also put effort into educating our local legislators on the obstacles and successes that might hinder or excel producers in the state.”

Michael and Denise own and operate a 90 cow dairy herd southwest of Pine Island.  He just moved into a swing 6 parlor after milking in a tie stall for over 30 years.  He also has about 250 acres of land growing corn & alfalfa.  They have two grown children (Trisha and Matthew) and have been blessed with two grandaughters that are the light of their lives.  Michael loves to bowl, camp, spend time with family and travel.

“Minnesota Milk unifies dairy producers throughout our state through representation in many areas. Government and media outlets are just a few examples. Without Minnesota Milk, our unified voices would not be heard.”

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