MTGA Announces Ranelius Scholarship Recipients

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Contact:  Lara Durben

Phone:   (763) 682-2171



MTGA Announces Ranelius Scholarship Recipients

(Buffalo, MN )  … The Minnesota Turkey Growers Association (MTGA) presented six Ranelius Scholarship awards to worthy high school and college students at its annual meeting on March 14 in Saint Paul, Minn.

This is a competitive award given to a current student(s) with an interest in poultry and agriculture. The recipients are as follows:

Beau Buysse – Ghent, Minn.

Beau is the son of MTGA members Jeff and Rhonda Buysse of Ghent, Minn. He is majoring in agribusiness management with a minor in finance at Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall, Minn. His goal is to own his own turkey farm.

Bernt Halvorson – Morristown, Minn.

Bernt is the son of MTGA members Dennis and Kim Halvorson of Morristown, Minn. He attended South Central College for two years and is now at the University of Minnesota majoring in agricultural education.

Chris Klaphake – Melrose, Minn.

Chris is the son of MTGA members Leon and Mary Klaphake of Melrose, Minn. He is a junior at St. Cloud State University majoring in business and also works full-time at the family feed mill and turkey farms. His goal is to become part of the family turkey business.

Vanessa Burkel – Badger, Minn.

Vanessa is the daughter of MTGA members John and Joni Burkel, Badger, Minn. She is a senior in high school and is active in 4-H, band, choir, National Honor Society and golf. She plans to attend the University of North Dakota to major in political science. She is interested in lobbying and advocating for the turkey industry.

Aaron and Kyle Miller – Hanska, Minn.

Aaron and Kyle are sons of MTGA members Tim and Jill Miller of Hanska, Minn. Both are seniors in high school. Aaron has held multiple leadership positions in New Ulm FFA including serving as the current President. Kyle is also a member of New Ulm FFA and is a four-time FFA poultry production placement award winner. They are currently deciding between attending either South Dakota State University or the University of Minnesota, majoring in general agriculture. Both hope to farm after college and one day take over the management of the family farm.

“On behalf of MTGA, I congratulate all these young people and wish them the best of luck in their future endeavors, as they work toward their specific career goals in agriculture,” said MTGA Executive Director Steve Olson.

For more information on the MTGA or its Ranelius Scholarship program, please contact Matt Herdering at 763/682-2171 or matt@minnesotaturkey.


About MTGA

The MTGA, founded in 1939 and located in Buffalo, MN, is a nonprofit association dedicated to fostering a successful Minnesota turkey industry and its ability to make positive contributions to consumers, the economy, the environment and its members. Minnesota is currently ranked #1 for turkey production in the U.S. with its 250 turkey farmers raising approximately 46 million turkeys in 2011. Minnesota has the most independent turkey farmers of any state in the U.S. For further details, visit

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