This is truly a family-run business with our whole family involved. In 1994, when we (Lee and Mary) began this adventure, our three kids (Renee, Sean, and Marielle) were too young to really understand and participate, but they were always willing to ride along on the wagon or in the truck to do chores. So I, Lee, and my wife, Mary, did the majority of the work.
The Kids Grew Up
As time went on, the kids became more involved, and we added a fourth to the work crew, Lexi. We are all still involved today. Renee, with her husband, Andre, and 3 children have relocated to be closer to Rice Lake. Andre manages the fabrication process of our business. Sean, with his wife, Sami, and family lives six miles from the home ranch, and is in charge of shipping and receiving, and helps at the plant during the week, as well. Marielle lives in the second house on the home ranch and manages the herds. Lexi is home-schooled (as were all our kids), and is a great help with just about anything we need an extra hand. The kids all have their own animals and run a cow/calf operation together, producing award-winning breeding stock. Mary is in charge of sales and customer service, while I, Lee, oversee the whole operation with Mary's assistance.
Our holistic approach is creating a livelihood for our 4 children who have chosen to contribute to the operation and growth of our company.
-Lee Graese, founder and owner of Northstar Bison LLC