Thursday July 13, 2023
Vern and Linda Thill who live on Garvin Heights in Winona are representative on the 2023 Hall of Fame as longtime members of the agriculture community.
The Thill’s live on a farm that was started about 1880 by Vern’s grandfather, and has focused on dairy for all those years. It has been a good place to raise children and the Thill Family includes Tony, Lance, Mark, Valarie and Victoria.
Thill met Linda through a sister, and the couple has been married for many decades. Linda did not grow up on a farm, but her husband says that she has been a great help, and is also is a “good cook”.
” It has been a good life for Linda and me, and we are our own bosses… I didn’t know anything else but farming, but I like it here and it is great to be so close to the Mississippi River,” Thill stated.
The Thill operation currently has a herd of about 90 cows. Vern still helps with what he can, but credits daughter Victoria for running the farm since she graduated.
Aside from farming, over the years Vern and Linda have been on boards at their church. The Thill children were also involved in 4-H in their youth and exhibited at the Minnesota State Fair. Thill say those were great experience for his family.