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One farm, five generations

Gerryl and Sharon Didier pose with their daughter, Kayla, and son, Nick, on their family farm in Osakis. The farm was recently named a 2014 Century Farm by the Minnesota State Fair and the Minnesota Farm Bureau. (Courtney Bitzan/Echo Press)

Gerryl “Fritz” and Sharon Didier are proud to know that their son, Nick, and daughter, Kayla, will soon take over ownership of the Didier Family Farm near Osakis. 

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What makes this even more special is the fact that they will be the fifth generation of the family to own this land.

In 1911, 152.5 acres of land were purchased eight miles south of Osakis by John and Katie Didier for $34.35 per acre.

Twenty-seven years later, their son Nick took over ownership. He and his wife, Mary, owned the land for 18 years until their son, Nick Jr., and his wife, Joan, took it over.

In 1987, John’s great-grandson, Fritz, and his wife, Sharon, became the owners.

“It’s an honor to know that our farm has survived through four generations of farming,” Fritz said.

When he acquired the land from his parents 27 years ago, the farm consisted of 277 acres. Now, Fritz and Sharon own 570 acres.

“Our farm currently has 90 milking cows with 80 heifer replacements. We raise our bull calves and finish them out as steers. We also raise 1,500 acres of corn, soybeans and alfalfa,” Fritz stated.

“I enjoy being my own boss and it’s a great place to raise a family,” he added. “I also enjoy working side by side with my family as we grow our dairy herd and raise our crops.”

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Editor’s note: This is one in a series of articles on Douglas County farms recently named 2014 Century Farms by the Minnesota State Fair and Minnesota Farm Bureau.