Red River Valley
Sugarbeet Museum, Inc.



For Immediate Release:

RRV Sugarbeet Museum to honor
Wayne Langen

The Red River Valley Sugarbeet Museum will honor Kennedy, Minn., farmer Wayne Langen during the Crookston-based museum’s 2015 Harvest Festival, scheduled for September 13. Langen, now retired, was a leader in the region’s sugarbeet industry for many years. After serving on the Red River Valley Sugarbeet Growers Association Board of Directors in the early and mid-1980s, he was elected to the board of American Crystal Sugar Company in 1988. He served as American Crystal’s board chairman from 1996 to 2000.

Langen also helped establish United Sugars Corporation, which markets sugar for Crystal and three other sugar companies, and was its chairman. He additionally served as board chairman of Wahpeton-based ProGold LLC, established in the 1990s to process corn into value-added products.  Langen was born in 1939 to Odin and Lillian Langen. (Odin served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1959 to 1971.) Wayne graduated from Kennedy High School in 1957 and took over operation of the family farm in 1958 when his father ran for Congress. He later earned a degree from North Dakota State University in 1963. The Langens raised their first sugarbeet crop in 1965 once the American Crystal Drayton factory opened.

Wayne has been very active in his community and church. His first wife, Geraldine, with whom he had 5 children, died in 2006. In 2007 he married Kathryn Rynning . Now, he says, he is living the good life, helping on the farm, enjoying family and friends, playing golf and traveling the world.  The Red River Valley Sugarbeet Museum honors an individual or family each year for their dedication and leadership to the sugarbeet industry. Last year’s honoree was the late Pat Benedict, another former American Crystal board chairman, from Sabin, Minn.

For More Information: Allan Dragseth (218) 281-2550 or

Also on Sunday Sept.13, 2015
we will be holding our 11th annual Harvest Festival. Doors will open at 10:00 for viewing exibits followed by a pulled pork and potato salad dinner at 11:30. At 1:30 we will start harvesting sugarbeets with horses  and vintage 1 and 2row harvesters. WE will also be threshing wheat with a steam engine and threshing machine as well as
plowing with horses.

Bring your camera and Grandpa and have a great time. Rain or shine we will go and we have trailers with soft seats for driving alongside the machinery.

Admission is free!


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