Posted on August 18, 2014 at 10:42 AM by Global Reach
Norbert has been a 4-Her since 1959 when he became a member of the Burr Oak Builders 4-H Club. He exhibited Holstein and Jersey dairy cattle and participated in dairy judging, advancing to the national competition. He also won numerous showmanship awards while showing his animals.
Norbert met Diane Ruen in the dairy barn at the Winneshiek County Fair in 1966. They married in 1971 and have three sons, Aaron, Nick, and Darren, all of whom were active in 4-H. They also exhibited Holstein dairy cattle and won many showmanship competitions and dairy judging contests. In 2014, three of their grandchildren continued the family tradition in the 4-H dairy shows at the fair.
Norbert and Diane live on the farm his parents purchased in 1951. His son Aaron farms with them, and his son Nick lives on the farm that has been in Diane’s family since 1854. Darren lives in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. There are seven grandchildren who have all participated in the PeeWee Dairy Show for many years.
Norbert has been a 4-H leader and has served on the Winneshiek County Extension Council and the 4-H Youth Committee. He has supported his children, grandchildren, and many other Winneshiek County 4-H members with their projects and exhibits. He also has given assistance with the 4-H restaurant, the omelet breakfast, and the spaghetti supper.