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Wieben honored as Wallaces Farmer Master Farm Homemaker

October 17, 2018
CJ Eilers - Editor ( , Dysart Reporter

For most of her entire life, Helen Wieben has contributed her time to a multitude of different causes, her community and her hobbies, being recently recognized as a Wallaces Farmer Master Farm Homemaker in the Wallaces Farmer Magazine for the month of September.

"I got the letter after working outside on day and sorted through my mail at 9 at night and I thought 'what is this?'" Wieben said. "The letter said I was named a Wallaces Farmer Master Farm Homemaker and they had most of my story. I didn't even know this existed and that kept me awake."

A surprised Wieben was nominated by a neighbor, Ruth Schafbuch, as well as her daughter and daughter in law, a member of the Zion Luthern Church and the Dysart Historical Society and others contributing stories of Wieben's volunteerism in Dysart. Before moving into town in 1992, Wieben pitched in at the family farm in the county for many years as she raised three children, milked cows by hand, grew her big garden, catered meals, decorated cakes out of her home business and continues helping with church activities as well as volunteering her time with Cedar Valley Hospice for the past 15 years with erands and visiting with the reisdents

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"Even a child, my father insisted we always help wherever we could despite not having a lot by any means," Wieben said. "My husband was also so giving and I really do enjoy giving. Volunteering broadens your mentality because you work in different fields."

And indeed Wieben has worked in different areas, keeping track of finances on the farm, teaching both Sunday and Bible schools at Zion Lutheran Church for the past 20 years of her 63 years with the church. Despite everything going on with the family farm-now run by her sons Michael and Mitchell-education was priority for Wieben as much as putting others first.

"Volunteering is very rewarding and in turn you are doing something for someone else," Wieben said. "When you help out with something, years later you'll be able to say you were there and there are so many things you can do. Sometimes, I just ride over to the park if I have a half an hour to do some weeding. You have the time, you just have to make priorities. Life is full of priorities."

One example of Wieben's volunteerism and dedication is the Dysart Park gazebo and its path from an idea to a reality.

"That process started about five or six years ago already," Wieben said. "Dysart had a band stand before that was torn down. It got bad, so a goal in town was to replace it and I was on the park board at the time. Between the park board, the tree board and city council, we worked to pick a spot for this gazebo after a storm tore down a lot of trees, an area opened up on west end of the park that we needed to build something on. Working together, we made this possible."

But her time isn't take up fully by volunteering in her backyard is decorated walkway surrounded by flowers, plants and a small pond. Of course, there is also a garden to the surprise of no one who knows Wieben.

"I just love the Earth and like to watch things grow," Wieben said. "I always have a huge garden and live on what I can grow. When I came to town in 1992, I made more flowerbeds. In the country, you can't do as many flowers because of herbicides."

Wieben admits she wish she'd known about this magazine earlier and takes the recognition modestly. Even with spending countless hours of her life volunteering and gaining experience over her lifetime, she doesn't forget the main reason to volunteer.

"You're their for someone else and volunteering has been a part of my whole life," Wieben said.

The full article in Wallaces Farmer Magazine is available in the September issue, including photos and more stories about Wieben.



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