The Heusinkveld family of Cherry Grove was chosen as the University of Minnesota's Farm Family of the Year.  In front are cousins Christiana Heusinkveld and Kenzie and Lucas Heusinkveld. In the second row are Cleon and Bonnie Heusinkveld, Darla and Jeff Heusinkveld. In back are Steve and Ruth Heusinkveld and Nate Heusinkveld, Jeff and Darla’s son.  Not shown is Nate’s wife, Misty.  GRETCHEN MENSINK LOVEJOY/BLUFF COUNTRY NEWSPAPER GROUP
The Heusinkveld family of Cherry Grove was chosen as the University of Minnesota's Farm Family of the Year. In front are cousins Christiana Heusinkveld and Kenzie and Lucas Heusinkveld. In the second row are Cleon and Bonnie Heusinkveld, Darla and Jeff Heusinkveld. In back are Steve and Ruth Heusinkveld and Nate Heusinkveld, Jeff and Darla’s son. Not shown is Nate’s wife, Misty. GRETCHEN MENSINK LOVEJOY/BLUFF COUNTRY NEWSPAPER GROUP
"I like the farm. I want to farm someday," said Lucas Heusinkveld, whose younger sister, Kenzie, likes to "drive the Ranger" and likes the animals grazing on Heusinkveld Farms, where four generations of Heusinkvelds work and play, milking cows and planting alfalfa and corn.

Their great-grandmother, Bonnie Heusinkveld, noted that the family is proud to have been chosen as a Fillmore County University of Minnesota Farm Family of the Year. She and her husband, Cleon, have spent their lives on the plot of land just north of Cherry Grove, and they've instilled in their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren the importance of making farming work and keeping a sense of humor as they face challenges, because the farm was begun during pioneer days and has flourished over its 160-year history.