Grange Leadership

Grange leadership is designed in part after Freemasonry - but even more fittingly for an agricultural organization - after the official roles held on a Medieval English farmstead or "Grange."

From our inception in 1867, the Grange has held women in equality with men. Women can hold any of the sixteen officer's positions in the Grange, but four (the Graces and Lady Assistant Steward) can only be held by women, ensuring that at least a quarter of the leadership voice is held by women. Of great pride of the Minnesota Grange is that the first female State Grange Master in the country, Sarah Baird, was elected in Minnesota in 1893 - nearly thirty years before women were granted the right to vote. With six of the last twelve State Masters being female, the Minnesota Grange is also proud to have elected more female Masters than any other state in the country.

The Executive Committee is made up of the President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and three Executive Committee Officers.  The Executive Committee is not a board of directors, but instead assists in the creation of and maintains the annual budget, plans the State Grange of Minnesota Annual Session  and conducts business on behalf of all Minnesota Grangers throughout the Grange year.

Members of the

Executive Committee:

Troy Behnke, Ann Olson Bercher, Donna Champion, John Crippen, Bob M Quist, Roxy Appel Wigton

Officers of State Grange of Minnesota, 2019 - 2021


Ann Olson Bercher
St Paul, Minnesota

Vice President

John Crippen
Minneapolis, Minnesota


Troy Behnke
Minneapolis, Minnesota


Donna Champion
Loretto, Minnesota


Roxy Appel Wigton
Aitkin, Minnesota


Bob M Quist
Ramsey, Minnesota


Paul Larsen
Byron, Minnesota

Assistant Steward

Rosemary Campbell
Byron, Minnesota

Lady Assistant Steward

Loni Burnard
Nisswa, Minnesota


Arne Engstrom
Elk River, Minnesota

Lady Ceres

Bonnie Mickelson
Aitkin, Minnesota

Lady Pomona

Gwendolyn Swenson
North Branch, Minnesota

Lady Flora

Shirley Young
Nisswa, Minnesota