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SL's Thorson is a farmer - and a maestro

Monday, March 19, 2001

Like many Iowa farm boys of the Baby Boom generation, when Lee Thorson kicked the farm dust off his shoes after high school graduation in 1964, he never looked back.

And although he wasn't real sure about what he wanted to do with his life, Thorson was quite sure that he didn't want to be a farmer like his dad and his grandfather before him.

That plan worked for some time, as Thorson earned a music education degree from Morningside, completed a master's degree in music from the University of Arizona in Tucson and took a job teaching elementary music and high school orchestra in Bloomington, Ill. It wasn't long, though, before the grown-up farm boy questioned the nearly impossible demands of his job.

"After doing everything else all day, I wasn't interested in practicing the cello or going to orchestra practice," Thorson recalls. "I remember thinking that the farm looked really good to me." So, in 1975 when his dad was getting ready to retire from the farm and offered him the opportunity to take it over, Thorson and his wife soon were on their way back to the family's farm north of Rolfe.

Read the rest of this story in the 3/17 Pilot Tribune.

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