Steve and Linda Kraushaar

Freeborn County

The Kraushaar family farm was purchased in the 1940s by Steve’s grandfather. In the fall of 1973, Steve’s father and grandfather purchased a neighboring farm to help Steve and Linda launch their farming careers. Now their son Sean along with his wife, Krissy, and son, Liam, will be taking the reins in a partnership with Steve and Linda. The Kraushaars also have a daughter, Lisa, and another son, Scott, who is married to Katie.

The Kraushaars currently grow 1,500 acres of corn and soybeans. They are innovative conservation stewards who were early developers of ridge tilling, which they continue to practice. The family is now incorporating cover crops on their land. 

Community service is important to Steve and Linda. Steve is currently a member of the Cedar River Watershed representing Freeborn County. He’s also a member of the Minnesota Corn and Soybean Associations. Steve and Linda are both first responders and Steve is a fireman with the Myrtle Fire Department. The Kraushaars are lifelong members of Trondheim Lutheran Church, where they serve on the church council and Linda teaches Sunday school. They also volunteer with Real Hope for the Hungry, a locally based organization that packages meals which are distributed locally and nationally. 

Linda spearheaded an effort to open a women’s health and birthing center in Haiti, a project that began at their church and rippled into surrounding communities. The center opened last fall serving women who’ve been isolated from medical care in the rural mountains.



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