The Berg Family
Marlin and Donna both grew up on dairy farms in Kandiyohi County, but after they married, they moved to Pipestone County where Marlin started his career as a high school agriculture instructor in Jasper, MN. In 1965, Marlin accepted the teaching position in Pipestone. In 1974, they began a registered Suffolk sheep business and have worked to improve their flock ever since. Marlin and Donna’s son Philip is also involved with the family sheep business. Philip and his wife Laurel have four children; Samantha (19), Andrew (16), Hannah (12), and Isaac (10). The entire family is happily involved with a Red Angus cattle operation as well as the Suffolk flock.
In the community, Marlin was an agriculture teacher and FFA advisor, where his goal was to develop leaders. He sought to develop leadership skills that would help his students acquire and lead productive careers in the field of agriculture. Philip came to Pipestone as an extension educator for 10 years and now is a Lamb and Wool instructor for Minnesota West Community and Technical College. Laurel is a Campus Marketer at Minnesota West Community and Technical College. All the Bergs have been involved with 4-H, FFA, youth education events, and other activities at the local, state, and national levels where they are able to promote agriculture.