Born and raised on a dairy farm, graduated from Belgrade High School and St.Cloud Technical College with a degree in accounting. Dairy farmed for 19 years. Served in US National Guard. Community involvement includes, past member of BBE School Board, present member of Stearns County SWCD board, treasurer of Padua Conservation Club, life member of Pheasants Forever, member of MN Corn Growers. Experienced in hunting land development, 1031 exchanges, auctions, and conventional listings.