Sele Farm

Larry and Karen Sele's farm, rural Lake Bronson, earned Century Farm status this year.

The Minnesota State Fair and the Minnesota Farm Bureau have recognized 189 Minnesota farms as 2002 Century Farms.

Qualifying families own farms that have been in continuous family ownership for at least 100 years and are at least 50 acres in size.

Century Farm families receive an aluminum building sign and a commemorative certificate signed by the president of the state fair and the governor of Minnesota.

The Sele farm, in the family since September, 1902, is in Section 2, Jupiter Township of Kittson County.

Clas Blomquist was the original owner of the farm, purchased Sept. 2, 1902. He owned the farm until 1934, when he sold it to his children: Elam, Philip, Reynard, Edwin, Melvin Blomquist and Doris (Blomquist) Sele.

On May 20, 1946, the farm was sold to Philip and his mother, Freda Blomquist.

In December, 1946, another brother, Reynard, became owner, along with Freda. In 1947, Doris Blomquist Sele became the owner and ultimately Larry and Karen Sele.

There are 154 acres currently in the farm.

Since the Century Farm program began in 1976, over 7,500 farms in Minnesota have been recognized as Century Farms.