Paul and Helen Solum
Paul Solum began farming in 1958. In 1961 he purchased the current farm in Spring Grove, MN, and a year later he married Helen. They have worked together ever since. The original Solum farm had 200 acres, plus 144 additional rented acres. The farm had dairy cattle, pigs, sheep, beef, and chickens. Today Paul and Helen farm 455 acres (plus rent 50 additional acres) in a 50:50 partnership with their son Daniel. The operation is known as Solum Holsteins LLC with 120 milking cows plus young stock raised on the farm. In past years, many bulls have gone into AI studs as well as some being marketed overseas. About half of the herd can be traced back to the one registered calf Paul purchased as a senior in high school. The herd has also received many awards of excellence over the years. The majority of the feed required for the cattle is raised on the farm. The crops grown on the farm include corn, oats, and hay. The Solum’s have five children and five grandchildren who all help out on the farm.
Paul and Helen have been very active in the Spring Grove area. They have been involved with ADA, DHIA, Houston County Forage Council, 4-H, Trinity Lutheran Church, and the Houston County Holstein Association. Paul has also served on the Land-O-Lakes Board and Tri-State Breeders Board. Paul and Helen have won Progressive Breeders Registry Award from Holstein-Friesian Association of America many times. They also have received the Houston County Conservation Award.