March 21, 2016
Jerry Messer, a dairy farmer from Richardton, N.D., will continue to lead Midwest Dairy Association in the coming year.
Messer was re-elected chairman of the checkoff organization during the group’s recent annual meeting in Minneapolis.
Allen Merrill, Parker, S.D., and Bill Siebenborn, Trenton, Mo., were re-elected vice chairman and first vice chairman, respectively.
Minnesota farmers Ken Herbranson of Clitherall, secretary, and Dan Grunhovd of Gary, treasurer, were also re-elected. Debi Clasemann of Long Prairie was newly elected to the corporate board.
Dairy farmers elect Midwest Dairy Board leadership
Serving on the Minnesota Division Board will be Herbranson as chairman; Grunhovd as vice chairman; Suzanne Vold, Glenwood, secretary and Ron Rinkel, Hillman, treasurer.
In the Iowa Division, Dan Hotvedt of Mabel will serve as chairman.
The Minnesota Dairy Promotion Council, a quasi-governmental group with the same board members, elected the following:
•Chairman – Kathleen Skiba, North Branch
•Vice Chairman – Barb Liebenstein, Dundas
•Secretary – Debi Clasemann, Long Prairie
•Treasurer – Christine Sukalski, LeRoy
•Executive member at-large – Peter Ripka, Ogilvie
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