Audrey Dahners may have spent 30 years teaching students about family and consumer sciences, but she has dedicated her entire life to teaching youth about farm and ranch life.
As a family and consumer sciences teacher at Carson Public Schools and Simle Middle School in Bismarck, Dahners taught real-world applications for academic studies such as science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
She continues to use her teacher voice today to teach youth about fencing, calving, gardening, caring for others and much more.
“She is one of the hardest working ranch women I know,” said her daughter, Carey Rivinius, who nominated Dahners for Country Woman of the Year. “She will tackle nearly any farm and ranch task including fencing and even lifting railroad ties.”
Dahners, 67, is proud of her work ethic.
“We (women) can do a lot of things too. We may not do it the same way as our husbands – but we get it done,” she said. “I’m not afraid to get out there and get dirty, if it’s to clean the pens in the barn or whatever. I do what I need to do without thinking about it.”
“She has always been dedicated to the Dahners farm and ranch operation. She is involved in all aspects and helps with the day-to-day operation as well as seasonal work such as haying, calving and branding,” Rivinius said.
Dahners said it wasn’t always easy managing a teaching career, raising a family, and operating a farm and ranch; but she wouldn’t change a thing.
“Loving the country is a feeling I have deep within my soul,” she said.
Dahners takes immense pride in teaching her grandchildren about farm and ranch life, caring for her aging father, and making improvements at the farm and ranch.
“We have planted a lot of trees and we have won some soil conservation district awards. Whenever we can make an improvement it’s a feeling of accomplishment,” she said.
Jeffrey and Audrey Dahners have three children: Carey, 41, Jorey, 38, and Ashley, 36.
The Dahners farm is located 9 miles south of Almont.