By Greg Hunt
The Dale and Lorraine Laman clan was selected as the 2011 “Isanti County Farm Family of the Year” for contributions to their neighbors and providing crops to society over the years.
Dale’s father, Charles Laman, purchased the farm site back in 1939, with Dale and Lorraine eventually taking over it. They raised their sons Dale Jr. and Tim on the beautiful spread, and now Tim is a third-generation Laman operating the farm.
Dale’s vision was severely diminished over the years, but he helps advise Tim on farming operations on the roughly 1,300 acres of owned and rented land in Isanti, Chisago and Pine counties where the family grows corn, soybean and wheat.
Lorraine and Tim’s wife, Nicki, maintain a garden on the farm. Nicki, who works as a city clerk in Braham, assists Tim with bookkeeping. She also is a Girl Scout leader and a Sunday School superintendent at Siloa Lutheran Church.
“Tim works closely with agronomists to come up with the right combinations of seeds, fertilizers and chemicals in hopes of getting the best yields possible,” spoke County Extension volunteer Gary Skarsten at the June 15 county board meeting where the Lamans received their plaques. “He also worked with the area Soil & Water Conservation District to assess and solve soil erosion and drainage issues, and Tim serves on the township planning commission.”
The Lamans will be honored at the July 20-24 Isanti County Fair for being named the Farm Family of the Year.