The Mattson family of Lake Park has been named Becker County’s “2019 Farm Family of the Year” by the University of Minnesota.

The Mattson family settled in the Lake Park area in the early 1900s. The family raised grain and milked cows. The farm has been passed on through generations of the family. The dairy part of the operation was sold in 1978.

The Mattson farm is now operated by the grandson and great-grandsons of the original family members that started the farm. Steve and Sandy Mattson and their sons raise corn, wheat, soybeans and sugar beets north of Lake Park. They also do some dirt work, welding and fabricating and equipment maintenance. Corbey is one of Steve and Sandy’s sons.

Corbey and Melissa Mattson have six children: Thea, Elaina, Flynn, Alexandra, Colt and Bjorn. The kids are the next generation of Mattson farmers and help around the farm where they can. They are part of the Franklin 4-H Club. The Mattson family is very involved in activities at Lake Park-Audubon Public Schools and Lake Park Lutheran Church.

The Mattson family was officially recognized in a Thursday, Aug. 8 ceremony held at the annual Farmfest celebration near Redwood Falls, Minn., as well as at this Saturday's Ag Awards ceremony during the Becker County Fair in Detroit Lakes.

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The Mattsons were selected by the Becker County Extension committee for their demonstrated commitment to enhancing and supporting agriculture and agriculture production.

“These farm families are a major driver of Minnesota's economy and the vitality of Minnesota's rural communities,” said Bev Durgan, dean of the University of Minnesota Extension. “The University of Minnesota is proud to recognize these farm families for their contributions to agriculture and their communities.”

Along with Farmfest, University units sponsoring the recognition event include University of Minnesota Extension, Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station, the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences, and the College of Veterinary Medicine.