Glenn Dale Rogness was born on July 2, 1934, on a small family farm at rural Joice, Iowa. I lived on four different farms in the Joice area with mother, dad, five brothers and one sister. I have a lot of good memories from the Joice community: life on the farm; the town of Joice; the country school; the country church. My first eight years of school were in the country school located not too far from our farm. Ninth grade was spent in Joice High School, while the three remaining years of high school were spent at Hillcrest Academy, in Fergus Falls, Minn., from which I graduated in 1952. Following high school, I went to Bible college for one year at Lutheran Brethren Schools in Fergus Falls, and spent one and a half years at a college in Mason City, Iowa.
In 1954, Darwin and Darrell Bang and myself joined the U.S. Army and spent two years together serving Uncle Sam. We spent most of that time in Germany, having a great time doing a lot of traveling.
In 1957, I met Yvonne Hoff of rural Fergus Falls, who became my wife in February of 1958. Our first two years were spent in the Fergus Falls area, with Vonnie working as a registered nurse and myself working for MidAmerica Dairy. In 1960, we purchased a café in Paynesville, MN. After three years and many steaks and hamburgers on the grill, we sold the café in 1963 and moved back to the Fergus Falls area, where we are still living (Rt. 3, Fergus Falls, MN.),
While living in Paynesville, our first two daughters were born, Robyn on Feb. 27, 1961, and Kari on July 29, 1962. Our other three children were born in Fergus Falls. Dana, our third daughter, was born April 19, 1965; Dale, our only son, was born May 21, 1967; and Kathie, our fourth daughter, was born Feb. 24, 1969.
Now as to what we have been doing these many years. Vonnie, being a registered nurse, worked in a clinic and two hospitals in Fergus Falls up to the time she retired. Glenn was in the feed business from 1963 to 1977. We manufactured livestock feed and dog food, which was sold both retail and wholesale. Then in June of 1977, my dairy customers were in need of good alfalfa hay, so I located, bought and transported hay from all over Minnesota, Manitoba, Canada and Montana, back to the Fergus Falls area. We hauled our last loads in June of 1978; since we had been fortunate to have enough rain by then to have a good crop of alfalfa hay locally. Having acquired several semis, while hauling hay, I decided to keep on trucking and hauled food and related commodities in a forty state area.
While in the feed business and Rogness Trucking, we also had several other businesses. Living on our farm and having grown up on an Iowa farm, it only seemed natural that we should have a business involving cattle and hogs. We fed and marketed many head of each, and we started Glendarosa, a company that manufactured and sold calf and pig nurseries. We also had two resorts on Pickerel Lake, near Fergus Falls: Rogness Cabins and Shady Nook Resort.
When I turned sixty-five in 1999, I sold the trucking business and started a leasing company; leasing storage trailers to other businesses. The resort property was also sold in 1999, and we will be building a lake home in 2000. Our new address will be: RR#2, Box 338, Underwood, MN. 56536.
Robyn, our oldest, lives in Peoria, Arizona. She and her husband, Mark, have two children. Robyn is a nurse at Boswell Memorial Hospital in Sun City, AZ.
Kari and her husband, Kent, live in Redwood City, California. Kari is a Corporate Sales Manager for AvantGo in San Mateo, CA.
Dana and her husband, Douglas, have two boys, and live in Apple Valley, Minnesota. Dana is a Project Engineer for H.B. Fuller Chemical Company in St. Paul, MN.
Dale and his wife, Patty, live in McMinnville, Oregon, with their three children. Dale works for Oregon Mutual Insurance Company, in McMinnville, as a Computer Analyst and Programmer.
Kathie, our youngest, lives with husband, Dan, in Fargo, North Dakota. Kathie is a realtor and also a partner with Dan in Holoien Development. They have two boys.
We enjoy traveling, visiting family and babysitting the grandchildren.