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Susan Keller, the state veterinarian as well as a rancher, has been named the 93rd Little International Agriculturist of the Year.

The award from the North Dakota State University Saddle and Sirloin Club recognizes individuals for their work in North Dakota agriculture.

Keller and her husband, Dwight, along with their three children, live south of Mandan on the Keller Broken Heart Ranch. Keller puts in many hours on the ranch helping with their registered Simmental and SimAngus cow/calf operation. They also organize a production sale every March. Keller also has been involved in her children’s 4-H and FFA participation.

Before becoming the state veterinarian in 2004 Keller was on the State Board of Animal Health, serving as the deputy state veterinarian from 1997 to 2004. She has practiced veterinary medicine in North Dakota for the past 21 years, served as the vice president of the National Assembly for two years and then as president for the following two years.

Keller will be recognized at a banquet in her honor Feb. 8 during the Little International.

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