Greg Langer is the son of the prairie soil, a longtime member of local agriculture and business community, and a loyal supporter of the Defeat of Jesse James Days celebration. He devoted a lifetime to making the greater Northfield community a better place.

Greg’s entire professional career was at Northfield tractor and equipment on Highway 3. He went to work for Bernie Hughes at the age of 19, while he still attended college. He was a service manager, sales person, and then became co-owner with Jim Estrem in 1981. They sold the business in 2009.

Greg always understood the value of investing in the community. He joined Sertoma, the Knights of Columbus, Northfield Area Chamber of Commerce — serving a term on its board of directors — and has been a very active member of the Defeat of Jesse James Days committee.

Greg served as chairman of the Grand Parade in 1982 and 1983. He organized the antique tractor pull for the celebration, and it has remained a heritage feature of the weekend ever since. He was an advocate for adding a professional rodeo to the celebration and was an influential voice in the decision to invest in bleachers for what has become the rodeo arena.

In 1985, he volunteered for a leadership position and served as chairman of DJJD. Since then, he has remained a loyal supporter, donating equipment and manpower for the maintenance and preparation of the rodeo arena and John Deere Gators for committee use during the celebration.

Greg has invested in the community in other ways. He is currently a member of the Community Resource Bank board. In the past, Greg served as a Greenvale Township supervisor, as a member of the University of Minnesota Rosemount Agricultural Experiment Station advisory board, and as a participant in the North Cannon River Watershed Management Organization.

All the while, Greg has been a strong advocate for agriculture, supporting FFA programs, and farming on the family land with his brother.