Bryan and Theresa Hest Family
Bryan’s great-grandfather Jens Hest, a Norwegian immigrant, traded a hotel he had built in the city of Perley for the original Hest farm in 1899. He farmed this land with his son, John, and together they milked 24 cows and farmed 400 acres. John and Alva had two sons; John Jr. and Ralph. Ralph stayed home on the farm where he and his wife Ethel raised seven children. In 1989, Ralph and Ethel retired and moved to Moorhead. Five years prior, their son Bryan graduated from NDSU and became active on the family farm. In 1990, Bryan married Theresa, and they raised their three children on the farm; John (19), Emily (17), and Joe (15). Today, all of the children as well as Bryan’s dad Ralph help on the farm as their schedule allows. The Hests have 2300 acres where wheat, soybeans, and corn grow.
Bryan serves on are the Norman County Extension Committee, the Norman County Corn and Soybeans Growers, Kirkebo Lutheran Church, and Norman County 4-H. Theresa works away from the farm as a professor at Minnesota State University, Moorhead. She is involved with Sunday School, church council, and P.E.O. She has also published three academic journal articles related to farm issues including hearing protection on family farms, examination of a rural church community, and agriculturists’ views on weather.