Al and Wanda Linder farm the land that was first homestead in 1903 by Al’s grandparents, Ferdinand and Alma Frahm, and Al’s great uncle. In his youth Al spent many weekends on the farm during the summer months. His father passed away when he was seven so he spent a lot of time with his grandparents and uncles. In 1959, Al married Wanda Arnold and five years later they moved to the farm near Ray. They built a home and raised their three boys: Rick, Jim and Jerry. The whole family was involved in 4-H and the Littlefork Fair. Al was president of the County Fair Board and Wanda cooked meals in the 4-H building.
The Linder’s farming operation started with 10 cows. The family’s herd has since increased to 160 head of mostly Red Angus. Over the years, the farm has grown to include 900 acres in Koochiching County. The family’s barn was struck by lightning in 1967. It burned to the ground and the Linders lost most of their livestock. The family rebuilt their barn and started over.
Al and Wanda’s sons, Jim and Jerry, live nearby and have become partners in the farm. Their son, Rick, lives in Louisiana and comes hope to help for a couple of weeks each summer.
Al has spent over 30 years on the Northern Minnesota District Fair Board, Jerry has also served on the board for about the same amount of time. Al is a supervisor on the Koochiching County Soil and Water Conservation Board.