Michael and Eloise Thorson
In 1972, after Michael was discharged from the army, Michael and Eloise Thorson purchased their 320-acre farm in Browerville, MN. At the beginning of their farming career, they raised livestock and grew traditional irrigated crops. In 1988 they began raising squash for wholesale. They also raised 20,000 range chickens that were processed and marketed on their farm. The chickens were delivered and sold across the state. Since 2005, the Thorsons have transitioned to raising vegetables and fruits. They have nine high tunnels, 3 greenhouses, and sell their produce at farmer’s markets in Central Minnesota. Karl and Erik Thorson, twin sons of Michael and Eloise, help as they can. Karl, a food scientist for General Mills provides advice on food safety, sanitation, and quality. Erik, a wild life manager for the DNR, assists on the farm and runs a roadside stand two days a week in the summer. Michael and Eloise are blessed with five grandchildren.
Michael has been involved in the community by being on the Todd-Wadena Electric Cooperative Board, Great River Energy Board, North Dakota Association of Rural Electric Co-ops, Todd County Economic Development Board, and MN Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association. Eloise is a customized training representative for Central Lakes College and has been involved with 4-H, Todd County Extension Committee, Central Regional Sustainable Development Partnership, and the Lakes Area Growers Association. Both Michael and Eloise are active members of Faith Lutheran Church.