The Bahr farm in northern Minnesota’s Koochiching County has a farming history that highlights farmers’ hard work living off the land. Victor and Nina Bahr purchased the farm in the 1940s. They raised milk cows, pigs, ducks, turkeys, chickens and lambs. They raised the animals for their own use and to sell. The Bahrs also sold Christmas trees, cords of firewood, black dirt, vegetables and blueberries. The Bahrs also raised 12 boys.
One of them, Frank, along with his wife, Cindy, lives on the home place today.
The Bahr farm changed a lot over the years. In 1952, the original home on the Bahr farm burned. A new home was built on the site but it wasn’t until 1961 that the Bahrs had indoor plumbing installed.
The Bahrs now raise beef cattle that are included in a vaccination program developed many years ago by Dr. Wade Hines, and in some years they add turkeys. The farm also includes two horses and three dogs, chickens, peacocks and guinea hens. In addition, the Bahrs operate a dog kennel.
Frank and Cindy get help during the busy times of the year from Frank’s brothers Bob, Leroy, David and Warren, along with friend Doug Frahm.
The farm is also home to an adult foster care facility—Silver Bahr Retirement Ranch.