Michael has been involved with the NTPA since 1988 and currently serves as Vice President of the NTPA Board and board member for the United Pullers of Minnesota. Michael began pulling tractors and pickup trucks in 1975. His career highlights include Region III Championships in 1995 and 1996, along with a Minnesota Sweet Championship in 1996. Michael passed on his fondness for the sport to his children, Michelle and David. Michelle pulled Michael's Four Wheel Drive truck, "Nasty Boys" and David currently pulls "Father Watches On." Diversified in agriculture, Michael is a Pioneer Sales Representative, crop insurance agent and a third generation farmer of 4,000 acres. When he is not working, Michael enjoys spending time with his wife of 35 years and snowmobiling. He and his wife, Beverly, reside near Blooming Prairie, Minn. and have four children: Michelle, David, April and Marybeth.