Farmer donates $4 million farm to 4-H for lost love

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“This is all for her.”

That’s what Curt Chergosky, who farms in Jackson County, Minn., told reporters after news spread of his decision to donate his entire farm to 4-H in honor of his beloved fiancée, Andrea Ruesch.

Chergosky met Ruesch as she started her job as the newly-hired 4-H coordinator for Jackson County. KARE 11 News reports that it didn’t take long for the two to spark a budding friendship that transformed into a relationship.

After waiting nearly 50 years, Chergosky knew he had finally found his perfect match. Within a year of dating, they were engaged.

The long-time bachelor happily looked forward to their new life as a married couple, picking out names for future children as they worked together to complete chores of his crop and beef farm.

But just three months before they were to exchange vows, life took a cruel turn.

In the midst of weaning calves together, Ruesch feel ill. Chergosky soon called an ambulance to save his bride, but by the time he was able to join her in the hospital, she had already passed away of a pulmonary embolism – a blood clot in her lungs.

For years, Chergosky mourned his beloved fiancée.

"I was lost," Chergosky confides. "I had no idea what I was supposed to do."

This spring, that all changed. Chergosky knew what he needed to do to move forward – he wanted to donate his entire farm to 4-H.

Four hundred acres of the prime farmland alone could easily fetch $4 million. Under the agreement with 4-H, Chergosky will continue to farm until he retires at which point he will turn the land over to the organizations.

As one person commented on KARE 11, “What a wonderful man! He lost the love of his life...he donated his life of the farm.”

Click here to read more about Chergosky’s tragic love story.

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Texas  |  June, 17, 2014 at 12:20 PM

What a great story from a man in a great state. It's a shame Corporate America can't learn from this good man. The people of Minnesota are special. They are usually giving, friendly, interesting, very funny, and warm hearted. I should know, I married one and she is the brightest light in my life.

Nebraska  |  June, 18, 2014 at 10:01 AM

George, I would say that the beautiful woman who shares your life is one of the most blessed women on the face of the earth! God bless you and your family! Best wishes.

Arizona  |  June, 17, 2014 at 02:19 PM

Wow, quite a love story. Someone should make a movie of this. Why? Real honest true Love matters, and in today's reality there far to little of it going around.

Ken Dickson    
Rockwall, Texas  |  June, 17, 2014 at 02:33 PM

What a story! This shows the goodness of America & what great people make their living on the land! America is good, but this story proves it!

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