Photos: Harvest season in Minnesota

People & Places Jeffrey Thompson · ·

1 Ralph Kaehler works on the computer during the early morning hours at his farm outside of St. Charles, Minn. Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011. Kaehler is a fifth-generation farmer, and has two sons that plan to return to the area and continue the family business. 
2 Ralph and Mena Kaehler chat before Ralph heads to work Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011. In addition to raising beef cattle on the family farm, which was established in 1880, outside of St. Charles, Minn., Ralph works a full-time job with a liquid feed company. 
3 Mena Kaehler takes care of morning chores, including feeding 50 head of cattle, on the family farm outside of St. Charles, Minn. Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011. 
4 One of Kaehler's farm cats greets a cow outside St. Charles, Minn. Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011. 
5 Mena Kaehler delivers rolls to her brother-in-law Ed Kaehler outside of St. Charles, Minn. Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011. Ed farms about 1000 acres in Winona and Olmsted counties. 
6 Ed Kaehler receives a phone call while harvesting corn outside of St. Charles, Minn. Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011. 
7 Ed Kaehler waits in his combine while harvesting corn outside of St. Charles, Minn. Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011. 
8 Ed Kaehler takes a break from combining to attend to a equipment repair job outside of St. Charles, Minn. Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011. 
9 With his cousin Bob Larkin looking on, Ed Kaehler works to repair a broken piece of machinery near his farm in Eyota, Minn. Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011. Larkin travels from California each season to assist Kaehler in the field. 
10 Ed Kaehler clears an auger after it broke down near his farm in Eyota, Minn. Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011. 
11 After a morning of work, Ralph Kaehler drops mail at the post office in Utica, Minn. Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011. 
12 Bob Larkin assists Ed Kaehler as he hauls grain from the field outside of St. Charles, Minn. Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011.