Farm Rescue volunteers team up to help Ulen familyUlen, MN (WDAY TV) - On a rural gravel road outside Ulen, Minnesota today, volunteers with Farm Rescue joined neighbors of Matt and Stacie Klemetson for a planting party.
By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY
On a rural gravel road outside Ulen, Minnesota today, volunteers with Farm Rescue joined neighbors of Matt and Stacie Klemetson for a planting party. But this was more than just an effort to get a crop in. A young mother of five is critically ill with cancer and the volunteers are allowing a husband to spend some very precious time with her. She is just 37 years-old.
Dwight Fevig of rural Ulen helped load corn seed into a John Deere planter, knowing it was a small, neighborly act of kindness for a neighbor he's known for years.
As Dwight and Farm Rescue volunteers prepared to plant nearly 200 acres of corn today and tomorrow, farmer Matt Klemetson has put fieldwork on hold as he comforts his wife Staci, hospitalized and critically ill tonight from cancer. The mother of 5 young children has been battling for months.
Dwight Fevig – Neighbor: “He’s a grade A family man. Farming comes second or third, there’s no doubt about that.”
So today, that is why Farm Rescue volunteers, including Levi Wielenga of Iowa, drove here from hours away to help the Klemetson family he did not know get a crop in.
Levi Wielenga – Farm Rescue Volunteer: “Treating others like you would want to be treated, and not just thinking about yourself. There’s a great value, and I thank God for that.”
Stacie home schools all 5 of the Klemetson children on the farm. What a landscape to learn, and with so much unknown right now, Staci's husband Matt can rest knowing the family business is in the hands of those who want nothing more than a crop in for him, and peace for the family tonight.
Dwight Fevig: “These small farming communities will do whatever it takes to help out.”
Those Farm Rescue volunteers have a lot of stops planned in the coming days. Organizers tell us there are 30 rescue planting events planned for farmers in the tri state area this spring.
There are three volunteer teams with Farm Rescue that fan out across the region to help farm families in need. Accident and illness are often the hardship cases. Volunteers now arrive from across the country to help out on the rescue.
Bill Gross – Farm Rescue: “It is amazing what has happened with farm rescue it has grown faster and larger and I always say it has created an avenue for businesses to help farm families and small communities in our region.”
This is the start of Farm Rescue's 7th year. The organization has helped more than 160 farm families.