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New co-op manager has a familiar face

Staff writer

John Ottensmeier, 35, may be the new Cooperative Grain and Supply branch manager at Marion, but he is no stranger to farmers.

He took over as manager Jan. 1 but has worked there for 12 years, mainly in the warehouse and feed barns and as elevator supervisor. He also was involved with sales of anhydrous and other products.

Jeff Turk is being trained to take Ottensmeier’s position.

“Everything is running pretty smoothly right now,” Ottensmeier said. “The challenge is to make it run even smoother.”

He is hoping, given the sluggish state of the ag economy, that the co-op can create more services that could help farmers. A 2000 graduate of Marion High School, he is married to Stephanie Bryant. They have two kids: Brooklyn, 7, and Skylar, 4.

Last modified Jan. 11, 2018