Rod and Sandy Wenstrom of rural Fergus Falls have been selected as the 2020 Red River Valley Outstanding Farm Leaders.
The Westrroms are the parents of four children (Sarah Seltz, Dr. Timothy Wenstrom, Mary Wenstrom and Dr. Anne Wenstrom), and grandparents to five granddaughters (Maria, Sophia, Lilly, Carrie and Becca).
Rod was on the Corporate Board of Dairy Farmers of America, the West Otter Tail Soil and Water Board as chairman, the Pomme de Terre Watershed Board as vice chairman, the Chippewa Watershed Board, the Farmers Elevator Board of Directors and Agassiz Valley Grain’s Board of Governors.
“We have much respect for the people who have gotten this award in the past so we feel it’s a great honor to be selected for this award.” Rod said. “We’re very appreciative of it.”
The Wenstroms will be honored at the crop show in Fergus Falls in the first week of February and also at a show in Crookston in late March.
Rod is a past member of the Underwood Lions Club. He graduated from Moorhead State with a Bachelor of Science degree in education. Rod taught in Hecla, South Dakota, and at the Fergus Falls Middle School.
The Wenstroms are members of Zion Lutheran Church in Fergus Falls.
Sandy is involved with Quilters for Missions, WELCA and the Aurdal Homemakers Group. She is also a former Sunday school and Tuesday school teacher. She took her training as a licensed practical nurse at North Dakota State School of Science.
The Wenstroms ran a dairy operation for many years but are now crop farmers growing soybeans, corn and wheat.
The Wenstroms have traveled to many states and also to many foreign countries because their twin daughters (Anne and Mary) are teachers-directors of international schools. Anne is currently teaching in Singapore while Mary is working in Hawaii.
Photo and article from Fergus Falls Daily Journals
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