NEW ULM - The New Ulm Farm City Hub Club is pleased to announce that Pete and Linda Neigebauer of rural Courtland are the 2014 recipients of the club's Service to Agriculture Award. Incoming club president John Luepke and several past recipients of the award made a surprise visit to the Neigebauer home Thursday, December 26 to inform them of the award. The Service to Agriculture Award recognizes a person or persons who promote agriculture while volunteering in the community.
The Neigebauers will be honored at the club's annual banquet and meeting Monday, January 27 at the New Ulm Country Club.
Both Pete and Linda are past presidents of the Hub Club, Pete in 1990 and Linda in 2003. Pete is in his 25th year as an agribusiness instructor at South Central College in North Mankato. He's taught more than 1,000 young people who are going back to the home farm or into ag businesses. He's active in a host of organizations related to his college work and was recently named the Post Secondary Ag Teacher of the Year by Minnesota Farm Bureau.
With a little help from the Neigebauers’ daughter, Hub Club members were able to surprise Pete and Linda Neigebauer (in front, from left) the day after Christmas, to tell them that they will receive this year’s Service to Agriculture Award. Past recipient Del Fischer made the announcement, third from left. Also on hand were past recipients Perry Meyer, Denny Schmidt, and Ruth Klossner, along with incoming president John Luepke. (Photo by Ruth Klossner).
Pete is a former New Ulm High School ag teacher (1979-1989) and credits doing his student teacher at NUHS for bringing him back to the area to take that position.
Linda is Assistant Vice President at Alliance Bank where she's been employed for 13 years. She has more than 30 years in banking, at First Federal, TCF, Frandsen, and Alliance. Involved in many community organizations, Linda is a charter member of the Kiwanis Club of New Ulm and is active on the New Ulm Chamber's Willkommen Committee.
The Neigebauers also operate what they call a "hobby farm"-custom farrowing 1,350 sows for Langhorst Pork, lambing 40 ewes, and farming about 200 acres.
Pete and Linda have three daughters and four grandsons. Daughter Katie Vasquez lives in Rosemount, daughter Kristen Medhanie in Blaine, and daughter Kelsey is a sophomore at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis.
The Hub Club's annual meeting and banquet January 27 will begin with a social hour at 6:30 p.m., with dinner at 7:00 p.m. A short business meeting and the program will follow. The event is open to all. For tickets, contact Randy Schroeder, membership chair, at 507-233-4797, by Friday, January 17. Banquet cost is $12.00 per person.
During the business meeting, the 2014 slate of officers will be presented for election. They include John Luepke of Courtland, president; Beth Fluegge of rural New Ulm, first vice president; Dennis Sjogren of Lafayette, second vice president; Ruth Klossner of Lafayette, secretary; Doug Schottle of New Ulm, treasurer; and Randy Schroeder of Morgan, membership chair.
Since its founding in 1974, the New Ulm Farm City Hub Club has continued to follow its original purpose, that of promoting agriculture and agri-business in the New Ulm area through various activities, events, and promotions. Membership is open to all; annual membership (single, couple, or business) is $25. For more information on membership, contact Schroeder at 507-233-4797.