Jonathan Knutson / Agweek Staff Writer
HALLOCK, Minn. — Theresia Gillie grimaces, only partly in mock exaggeration, and says, 'When people used to call me a 'farm wife' — I never liked that. It didn't begin to describe what I did. For 32 years I worked side-by-side with my husband." But on April 1, 2017, her husband, Keith, beset with financial worries, took his own life. Now, Theresia Gillie, "still adjusting, still farming," is carrying on the family farm, albeit in different and evolving ways.
ELIZABETH, Minn. — Two important things will be changing in David Holt's life. But two even more important things will not: He continues to farm near Elizabeth, west of Fergus Falls. And he continues to fight the good fight, and successfully so, against Parkinson's disease.
Earl Mallinger's 2017 harvest will begin later this summer — the 96th or 97th in which he's been involved in some way. Yes, you read that right. "Well, I've been interested in what happens on the farm since I was 3 or 4," says Mallinger, who turns 100 on Aug. 14. His remarkable life includes a still-active role on the farm, 60 grandchildren and great-grandchildren (no great-greats yet), and physical and mental vigor that many much-younger people would envy.
MAYVILLE, N.D. — For Leah Larson, agriculture is a way of of life, both personally and professionally. "There's something about it that gets in your blood," she said. Larson, a Finley, N.D. farm girl who has spent 19 years working for area agribusinesses, has been named Agweek editor. Her first day with Agweek will be March 27. She will be based in Mayville, N.D, where she and her husband, Scott, live. "I'm looking forward to working with the Agweek staff," she said.