Lori Aakre, Office Manager for the Office of Student Activities and First Year Programs, was honored at the 2012 NDSU Harvest Bowl. Harvest Bowl celebrates excellence in agriculture and Bison athletics. This year marks the 39th anniversary.

The Harvest Bowl program annually recognizes success, dedication and hard work of outstanding agriculturists in 53 counties in North Dakota and 10 counties in Minnesota.

This year’s honorees from Clay County are Lori and her husband Keith Aakre of Hawley, Minn. They started with a hobby farm of 80 acres. They expanded to include a crop and dairy operation. The Aakres received numerous milk production awards and were named a Clay County Dairy Farm Family. They later converted the dairy to a nursery pig operation. Keith was a Clay County King Agassiz (now Emerging Leadership Program) candidate and received local and state honorary chapter FFA degrees. Lori was named Clay County Farm Woman of the Year and was a finalist for the Farm and Ranch Guide’s County Women of the Year and is active in many community organizations.

Keith graduated from NDSU in agriculture education and volunteers his time to many boards and organizations.

Keith and Lori work with the Fargo Living Ag Classroom, Breakfast on the Farm, Western Minnesota Steam Threshers, and Clay County Blandin Leadership Program.