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Dave Velde receives Distinguished Service Award
By Communications Director

Dave Velde & MFU Pres Peterson

ST. PAUL (November 17, 2012) Minnesota Farmers Union honored David G. Velde of Alexandria with a Distinguished Service Award at their 71st annual state convention.

“Dave Velde has been counsel for Minnesota Farmers Union and served with distinction, and he is invaluable to helping our convention run smoothly and providing legal counsel when necessary,” said Doug Peterson, Minnesota Farmers Union President. “Minnesota Farmers Union is pleased to honor Mr. Velde with our Distinguished Service Award, it is well-deserved.”

Velde currently serves as general counsel for Minnesota Farmers Union as well as National Farmers Union, and is co-owner of Velde Moore, LTD in Alexandria. He also serves as a United States Bankruptcy Trustee.

He received his law degree from Hamline University School of Law (J.D.), and served as Deputy Commissioner of Agriculture for the State of Minnesota.  Velde developed computer applications for agricultural producers for Control Data Corporation, and served as director for public affairs for the Minnesota Farmers Union.  He was admitted to the U.S. Federal District Court in 1984 and is a member of the Minnesota Trial Lawyers Association.  He was counsel for the Rules Committee, Minnesota House of Representatives.

He is a past president of the Calvary Lutheran Church Council in Alexandria, Minnesota.  He is a past member of the Board of Trustees of the Board of Social Ministry, ELCA.  He was a former member of the Board of Directors of the Minnesota Rural Finance Authority and of First State Bank of Alexandria.

Mr.  Velde is married to Brenda, who is also an attorney at Velde Moore, LTD, and they have two children.