Bruce and Julie Pace
The history of Pace Farms can be dated back to 1911 when it was purchased by Bruce’s great-grandparents Soren and Rensie Anderson. Following their ownership, Bruce’s grandparents Emil and Mabel ran the operation. The couple had three daughters, one of which was Bruce’s mother, Elsie. Elsie married Darrell Pace and in 1972 they purchased the farm. In the late 70s, Bruce began farming with his father and mother. After his father’s death, Bruce continued to farm with his mom and his son Mike. Today the Pace family has 1000 acres. They grow corn and soybean on a rotation. They also have a custom hog feeding facility and a Pioneer seed dealership. Pace Farms is run by Bruce and his wife Julie, daughter Katie Pace, son Mike Pace, daughter Sarah and her fiancé Dustin VanHale, and daughter Laura and her husband Mike Sorenson and their daughter Leigha. Bruce’s mother Elsie is also still active in the operation.
In the community, the Pace family is members of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, participants and leaders of youth group activities and mission trips, and members of the Minnesota Corn Growers Association. In addition, Julie, Elsie, and Katie are members of Madelia Active Living Coalition. Julie is on the Madelia School Board. Sarah is on the Madelia Volunteer Rescue Squad, and Elsie is a volunteer senior driver and is on the Madelia Hospital Foundation Board.