Crash victim is remembered for his vision and fiery farm spiritPat Benedict is being remembered by friends and family today for his vision and fiery farm spirit. He was a man who was willing to take risks "for agriculture’s future." Tonight, some of Benedict's closest friends talk about this man's legacy.
By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY
That grain truck and car crash happened on the Clay-Wilkin county line Wednesday morning. The driver of the truck says Benedict's car suddenly drifted across the center line and crashed into the truck. The truck's driver, from the Spring Prairie Hutterite Colony near Hawley, was not injured.
Pat Benedict is being remembered by friends and family today for his vision and fiery farm spirit. He was a man who was willing to take risks "for agriculture’s future." Tonight, some of Benedict's closest friends talk about this man's legacy.
Pat Benedict was such a visionary that Time magazine put him on the cover in 1978. He was described at the time as the new U-S farmer. Turns out now, he was that and more.
“He was a very astute businessman. You never got a lot of details out of him about the deals he was putting together he would keep it to himself and it would come about.”
Rural Sabin Farmer Bob Nyquist was one of Benedict's closest friends. The two farmed near each other. The worked to put Crystal Sugar on the map, Benedict helped start the co-op. The two Clay County farmers became well respected for their forward thinking.
“He had a good sense of humor, a dry sense of humor, but he and I had some great adventures. We went to the Yukon and NW territories and went sheep hunting.”
Down the road in rural Breckenridge today, Bob Yaggie mourned the loss of a close friend. The two went to the Bison game together just days ago. They went to church every morning together while vacationing with their spouses in California recently.
And Yaggie today remembers the vision of Benedict's dream of value added agriculture, helping launch the Pro Gold Corn plant.
After days of sunny weather and good planting, rain forced today farmers to take a break from the field today. It was nature's way of pausing to remember a dreamer and a giant. Prayer service is set for Sunday night at seven at St. Cecilia's Catholic Church in Sabin. The funeral is Monday at eleven at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Moorhead.