For Immediate Release:
RRV Sugarbeet Museum to honor
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Also on Sunday Sept.13,
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.
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
Admission is free!