Meet Ralph :
–Ralph is the fourth generation to
operate the 138-year-old family crop and livestock farm in St. Charles, MN.
–He and Filomena have been
married for 33 years.
–Son Seth manages the farm with
his wife Shelby and the help of
their 1-year-old, “Gen 6”.
–Son Cliff is the CEO of the family
solar energy development business.
–Novel Energy Solutions, LLC, is
one of the fastest-growing solar
companies in Minnesota.
–Ralph has lived being in a start-up company and the responsibility of providing fair pay and benefits to employees.
–Novel Energy Solutions has created more than 100 new jobs and installed over 100 MegaWatts of
solar projects - enough electricity to power over 14,000 homes (or the equivalent of
planting 31 million trees) – resulting in more than $500 million in economic activity in Minnesota.
–Ralph and Mena are transitioning the ownership of the family farm to Seth and his family.
Multi-generation business transitions and growing a start-up company are unique, necessary experiences to bring to Saint Paul.
4th Generation MN Family Farmer
–Ralph expects to work as you do on the farm – “get the job done.”
–This means working with everyone – Republicans, Democrats and independents – finding common ground, get good information and make measurable, effective change.
He wants to ensure the Minnesota
he grew up in
will be there for his
grandkids - 6th Generation Farmers - and all
Ralph understands the economic drivers of agriculture.
Ralph is a leader in promoting trade as a mechanism to peace and prosperity, both domestically and abroad.
He helped open trade with Cuba in 2002 for human and animal food.
He promoted Minnesota agriculture, serving as an international trade representative on trade missions led by Governor Jesse Ventura and Governor Tim Pawlenty.
More recently, he testified, at the request of U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, before the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee addressing the importance of expanding agriculture exports to Cuba.
Ralph has advised on improving farm trade and rural life in former Soviet states and Southeast Asia.
Ralph and Mena are members of the Minnesota Agriculture and Rural Leadership Program (MARL), through which he led the most recent class to Cambodia in February 2020.
Ralph does just not talk trade or tariffs -
he brings home signed contracts for MN farmers and businesses.
To learn more about Ralph and his family’s efforts, Click on the links below:
Search keywords: “Kaehler Cuba”, “Kaehler Solar”, “Kaehler Agriculture”, “Kaehler MARL”.