Olson Family Farm

Don and Mary
Kanabec County

After graduating with a degree in electrical engineering from the University of Minnesota in 1972 Don Olson married his wife, Mary, a year later. Don then chose to return to the farm where he grew up to start dairy farming with his parents.  Mary went on to veterinary school at the University.  In the early years, Don farmed with his brother, Richard, milking about 100 cows and farming 600 acres.  The farm evolved into a cash crop operation in 1986 shortly after Richard decided to also pursue an electrical engineering degree.

Don and Mary raised three children on the farm:  Paul, Eric and Mariah.

Don, Paul and Eric farm the land in eastern Minnesota.  They raise 550 acres each of corn and soybeans.  They also operate a 250,000 bushel grain drying and storage business on the east side of Mora.

Mary is a veterinarian and one of four partners at East Central Veterinarians.

In addition to farming, the Olsons founded and currently operate Northland Automation and Engineering.

The Olson family has been very involved over the years in 4-H. Don helped with the 4-H tractor driving contest at the county fair and with the 4-H horse show for many years.   Don served on the board of the Vasaloppet cross country ski race for 25 years and has been an assistant cross country ski coach.   Mary is on the veterinary staff of the Miracle of Birth Center at the Minnesota State Fair. The Olson family is active in Grace Lutheran Church.

Kanabec, 2016

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