The Minnesota Soybean Growers Association was founded in 1962. In 1963, it was approved as the first state affiliate of the American Soybean Association.
ASA Presidents from Minnesota
John W. Evans, Montevideo, Minn., ASA president 1949-51
Charles V. Simpson, Waterville, Minn., ASA president 1960-63
Gerald Michaelson, Dawson, Minn., ASA president 1976-77
Roger Asendorf, St. James, Minn., ASA president 1984-85
Mike Yost, Murdock, Minn., ASA president 1998-99
State Association Gallery
Pictured are the first officers of the Minnesota Soybean Growers Association. Back row, left to right: Charles Simpson, Leslie Wright, Robert Friedericks and Bert Enestvedt. Front row, John Evans and Henry Leitschuh. (Not pictured: Parker Sanders).
The Minnesota Soybean Growers Association board of directors: from left, Robert Sallstrom, Spring Valley; Curtis Pell, Estherville, Iowa; William Wendlandt, first vice president, Garden City; Frank Bryon, national director, Waseca; Bert Enestvedt, Sacred Heart; Les Krueger, Springfield; John Evans, Montevideo; Leo Bernard, Spring Valley; Leslie Wright, secretary-treasurer, West Concord; Lynn Anderson, Moorhead; Herb Halvorson, president, Hanska. Absent for the picture: Vern Runholt, Marshall and Jerry Michaelson, national director, Dawson. Photo: The Farmer, St. Paul, Minn.
Part of the crowd at the Clara City Soybean Day. Cliff Schramm (in dark coat at microphone) of Appleton, Minn., made a colorful master of ceremonies. (Photo undated)