Meet our Department Heads


Brad Herman, General Manager

Hi, my name is Brad Herman and I am the General Manager of Waukon Feed Ranch. I grew up in the Waukon area on a farm and attended Waukon High School and Coe College for my BS in teaching General Science and Biology. I attended UNI for grad school for a year as well. I then joined Waukon Feed Ranch in 1976. I enjoy boating on the Mississippi, spending time in Phoenix, Arizona, investments, and spending time with my wife Judy and 3 children-Angela, Kristyna, and Justyn. 

 

Kim Winters, Secretary/Treasurer

Hi, my name is Kim Winters and I am the Secretary/ Treasurer of Waukon Feed Ranch as well as Office Manager of the Mill Office. I grew up on a farm in Union Prairie Township and attended Waukon High School Office Education Program. I started working at Waukon State Bank through the office education program in 1972 and worked there until 1976. In 1976, I began working at Waukon Feed Ranch. I farm with my husband of 41 years, Ron. We have 1 son, 1 daughter, 3 grandsons, and 3 granddaughters. In my spare time I enjoy swimming, gardening, taking care of flower gardens, and spending time with family. 

 

Daniel Dykstra, Assistant General Manager

Hi, my name is Daniel Dykstra and I am the Assistant General Manager at Waukon Feed Ranch. I grew up in Decorah, Iowa and attended Kansas State University for Agricultural Business. After graduation, I spent 7 years with ADM trading grain and feed products in Indiana, Texas, and Nebraska. I have been with Waukon Feed Ranch since May of 2014. My hobbies include basketball, football, hunting, real estate, and spending time with my wife Rita and two sons.

 

Agronomy

Judd Larson, Agronomy Manager

Hi, my name is Judd Larson and I am the Agronomy Manager. I grew up in Dorchester, Iowa and attended Waukon High School and Iowa State University. I have been working at Waukon Feed Ranch since 2007. My entire Ag career has been spent at WFR. I enjoy spending time at the family farm as well as many other activities including hunting, fishing, golfing and traveling.  

 

Construction

 

Paul Burroughs, Construction Manager

Hi, my name is Paul Burroughs and I am the Assistant Construction Manager. I grew up in Waukon and attended St. Patrick’s Parish schools and Waukon Senior High School. I have been with Waukon Feed Ranch since April of 2015. Previously, I worked for 42 years as a plumber, master level for 14 years. I have been involved in large to small construction, service, and repair. 

 

Andrew Monson, Assistant Construction Manager

Hi, my name Is Andrew Monson and I am the Assistant Construction Manager. I grew up in Webster County Iowa, and attended Iowa State University for Agricultural Business and Ag Systems Technology. I started with Waukon Feed Ranch in March of 2017. My hobbies include hunting, fishing, golfing, and spending time with my wife Dacia and our two dogs.

 

Feed

Jerry Hilgerson, Feed Manager

Hi, my name is Jerry (Cowboy) Hilgerson and I am the Feed Manager. I am from Gunder, Iowa and attended Postville High School. I have been with Waukon Feed Ranch since 2009. I enjoy spending time with my wife, 2 children, and 4 grandchildren. Previously, I have worked in farming and agricultural jobs and especially enjoy horses. 

 

Grain

Annette Franzen, Grain Merchandiser

Hi, my name is Annette Franzen and I am the Grain Merchandiser. I grew up on a farm just north of Ossian, Iowa and attended South Winneshiek High School. I graduated from Luther college with a B.A. in Business Management. I worked at the Spillville Mill for 3 years as Office Administrator. I have been with the WFR since October of 2017. I enjoy spending time with family and friends, especially Lester and my two children Alexis and Dane. I spend my time baking, fishing, boating, going to Nascar races, sprint car races, traveling, watching college and professional football.

 

Human Resources

Nancy Everman, Human Relations Manager

Hi, my name is Nancy Everman and I am the HR Manager at Waukon Feed Ranch. I grew up on a farm near Lime Springs, Iowa and attended Riceville High School. I furthered my education by attending St. Luke’s School of Nursing, Upper Iowa University for my BS degree in Management/HR, and Upper Iowa University for my MBA. I have worked at Waukon Feed Ranch since 2013 and have been in the people business for over 35 years. My hobbies include traveling, quilting, reading, and gardening. I also enjoy spending time with my family-my husband Ken, 2 daughters, 2 son in laws, 2 granddaughters, 2 grandsons, and 2 great grandsons.

 

Michelle Winkie, Human Relations Manager 

Hi, my name is Michelle Winkie and I am the HR Manager at Waukon Feed Ranch. I grew up on a farm near Waukon and attended Waukon High School. I then attended Iowa State University where I obtained a degree in Agricultural Business and International Agriculture.  I have interned at Waukon Feed Ranch during the summer of 2015 and 2016 and began full time in May of 2017.  I am passionate about agriculture advocacy and enjoy raising beef cattle, fishing, boating, fitness, and spending time with my family and friends.

 

LP/Fuel

Dwight Bacon, LP/Fuel Manager

Hi, my name is Dwight Bacon and I am the LP/Fuel Manager. I grew up in Postville, Iowa and graduated from Postville High school. I have been with Waukon Feed Ranch since 2010. I enjoy my meals from Pizza Hut and spending time with my family-wife Lisa, my 2 daughters, and 5 grandkids. 

 

Mechanic Shop

Bryan Berns, Shop Supervisor

Hi, my name is Bryan Berns and I am the Shop Supervisor. I grew up in Waukon on a farm on West Ridge. I attended Waukon High School and Hawkeye Community College. I have been with Waukon Feed Ranch since 2011. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my wife Kimie and my sons Brody, Brayden, and Benjamin and my daughter Kameryn. I also enjoy hunting, fishing, and gardening. 

 

Swine Management

Jeff Monk, Swine Business Manager

Hi, my name is Jeff Monk and I am the Swine Business Manager. I grew up in Guymon, Oklahoma. I attended Guymon High School and Seward County Community College. I have been in the swine industry since 1993 and began working at Waukon Feed Ranch in January of 2012. In my spare time I enjoy grilling, sports, and gatherings as well as spending time with my family-wife Tamara, daughters-Liz, Macie, Kenzie, Lanie, and son-Kyler. 

Corey Tieskoetter, Assistant Swine Business Manager

Hi, my name is Corey Tieskoetter. I grew up in the Ossian, IA area and attended South Winneshiek High School. I spent 10 plus years working on a sow farm before going back to NICC, where I received an Agriculture Business/Finance degree. I have been working with Waukon Feed Ranch since March of 2017. In my spare time I enjoy coonhunting and spending time with my wife Cassie, and two children Gracie and Tate.

 

Carlton Bakken, Swine Production Manager

Hi, my name is Carlton Bakken.  I grew up in the Decorah, IA area and attended Decorah High School.  After graduation, I attended Ellsworth Community College to receive my degree in Swine Confinement Management.  I have been in the swine industry for 49 years.  I grew up on a farm with hogs, beef, and crops.  In 1989 I began my career in swine production, working my way up to where I am today.  In 2004, I began working with Waukon feed Ranch working in multiple barns.  As Swine Production Manager, I oversee the production of multiple barns.  In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my wife and two children.  I also enjoy craft beer and bike riding. 

 

Transportation

Mike Handke, Transportation Manager

Hi, my name is Mike Handke and I am the Transportation Manager. I grew up in Waukon and have been working with Waukon Feed Ranch for about 25 years. I enjoy drag racing and spending time with my 2 daughters and son. 

 

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