Max and Lyla Radil
The Radil family farm in Alexandria has been in the family for over 100 years, being in continuous operation since 1885. It was awarded Century Farm status in 1998. In 1978, a partnership was formed between Max, his dad Leslie, and his three brothers Mark, Lee, and Dean. Today Max and Lyla are the fifth generation on the farm. The farm is a dairy, beef, and crop operation. It has 130 dairy cows, heifer calves for replacements, and market steer calves. They also have about 60 head commercial beef cows and purchase additional feeder stock, shipping about 250 finished steers a year. The Radils grow wheat, oats, corn, soybeans, and alfalfa, and use most of the crops grown for feed for the livestock. Max and Lyla Radil, Matthew Radil, Melinda Fults, Dwight Radil, and Darren Radil are all involved in the farm.
Max and Lyla have been involved in the Douglas County 4-H program for more than 25 years. They are also members of the Forada First Responders. Max is a member of the Forada Fire Department and a member of the Lake Region Firefighters Association. In addition to this, he teaches firefighters throughout the state of Minnesota specializing in Farm Extrication skills. Max also serves on the local Ag Advisory Committee for District 206. Lyla serves on the Lakes Area First Responders and is a member of the American Legion Auxiliary. Both Max and Lyla teach the annual fifth grade safety day.