Dan and Deb McNamee
Dan is the fourth generation of the McNamee family to farm since bonanza farms existed in the Red River Valley in the early 1900s. Dan’s grandparents, Doug and Dully, met at a family-owned bonanza farm in Kelso, North Dakota. Their son, Bob, began farming in Mahnomen County after he returned from military service. Bob sold the home farm to his four sons and a grandson. Bob’s son Dan now farms the land with his wife, Deb, and their son, Doug. Bob still lives on the farm and helps out when he can.
The McNamees raise corn, soybeans and alfalfa. They operate a straw resale business. Dan and Deb share their home farm with Dan’s brother, Dave, who runs a 180-beef cow operation called McNamee Ranch.
Dan is the owner/operator of the McNamee farm. Deb handles the record books and runs machinery as needed. She and their daughter Amanda are teachers at St. Michael’s School. Amanda, along with her sisters, Tina and Tricia, also helps with running the farm. The McNamees’ son, Doug, is working into the operation as the next generation of the family to farm.
Dan served on the Soil and Water Conservation District Board for 11 years and is on the Resource Conservation and Development Council. Dan and Deb both serve on their church council, school boards and various other local committees. They’ve been honored as emerging leaders. Dan and all the McNamee children were involved in FFA.