I grew up on a farm southwest of Redwood Falls and spent as much time outside as possible. I have one brother one sister and two wonderful parents. I loved helping out on the farm and thought riding the “bean bar” with my sister, brother and cousins was a blast. Family is very important to me. I have over 50 first cousins and 14 living aunts and uncles on my mother’s side. We all celebrate Christmas together and have a summer picnic every year. It’s a miracle how that many people can get along as well we all do. I spent nearly every Sunday fishing on the river bottom with family. I have one aunt and uncle and 3 cousins on my father’s side whom I spent most of my childhood with running around on our grandparent’s farm.