6/15/2020 10:32:00 AM Reminiscing about 100 years on the Dux family farm
Willie and Kathy Dux stand near the entrance to their family farm about four miles northeast of Stewartville. The Minnesota State Fair and Minnesota Farm Bureau have honored “Dux Dairy” as a Minnesota Century Farm.
Pondering why her husband Willie loves farming so much, Kathy Dux shared a story last week. About 10 years ago, Kathy said, Willie was working inside a barn on an ungodly hot day, moving square bales of hay up to the hay mow. "At the end of the day, he says, 'Didn't that feel good?' " Kathy said. 'Didn't all that work feel good?' He gets a rush out of it, like a runner after a race." There's no need for Willie to work out with weights or on a stationary bicycle at an indoor gym. Farming, he says, keeps him in good condition, physically and mentally. Asked what he likes most about farming, he didn't take long to respond. "Probably the cattle, the young stock and the physical exercise," he said. "It's not labor, it's exercise." Farming is in Willie Dux's blood. He's from a family of farmers whose legacy goes back to October of 1919, when August Dux, Willie's step- great grandfather, purchased the property where the Dux family's farm still stands about four miles northeast of Stewartville. August, who died in 1929, willed the farm to his son Emil, Willie's grandfather. When Emil died in 1948, the farm passed on to Gordon Dux, Willie's dad. Willie started helping his dad with the farm chores in 1979, and 21 years later, in 2000, Gordon sold the farm to Willie and Kathy... For more on this story pick up your copy of the June 16 Stewartville STAR.