The Board of Directors

Doug Sloan - President

Mike Phaller - Vice President

Mark Edevold - Treasurer

Lee Furuseth - Secretary

Nancy Weerts - Director

Chris Arnold - Director

Keith Kubiak - Director

Kenny Sutherland - Director

As a nonprofit organization  Farm By The Lake depends on its volunteer Board of Directors for guidance and governance. Our Board of Directors creates and reviews policy, provides fiscal oversight, helps raise needed funds, and makes important organizational decisions. The Board is made up of people just like you; community members who believe in our mission.

The Board Members attend a monthly board meeting and are encouraged to help with special projects, and fundraising tasks.

Meet the Directors

Doug Sloan


Hello, my name is Doug Sloan, President  of the Board of Directors. I have served on the board since 2010. 

I’m also a United States Veteran having served in the US Navy during the Vietnam campaign. I received a BS Degree from Moorhead State in Industrial Education and Vocational Rehabilitation Therapy in 1982.  

In 2016, I retired from employment with the State of Minnesota were I was an employment counselor, for seventeen years, assisting people with disabilities in their efforts to obtain employment. 

In December 2018, I will be celebrating being married to my loving wife for 40 years.  We have two adult children who are leading successful lives and whom we enjoy spending time with frequently.  

I love outdoor activities including golf, cross-country skiing, fishing, pontooning, biking, and music concerts.  I spend left over time doing simple projects around our home as well as sharing in household duties.

I enjoy Farm by the Lake because it’s like visiting a beautiful park with many tall pine trees and is located on a lake. Also, the outdoor concerts under the pines, with my wife and miniature schnauzer, are consistently enjoyable!

I believe in this organization. I also believe those who personally visit Farm By The Lake will enjoy their time at this lovely location.

Mike Phaller


I am Mike Phaller, Vice President of the board of directors. I have served on the board since 2015.   

About 9 years ago my wife Jennifer and I bought the house next door and quickly fell in love with Farm By The Lake. Four years ago l retired from Minnkota Power after 40 years as a technician and we moved permanently into our house. I was excited to become a board member.  

From the start, the trails at FBTL have been a special love of mine. My dog and I love walking these beautiful trails through the woods, for these trails are not only for the paying guests but for everyone to enjoy with no charge.  I now like maintaining and improving them. This spring my sister and her husband, both nature enthusiasts, donated 3000 board feet of black ash lumber to build a bog walk.  Already a number of people have volunteered to help build.  

That's what I love about this place. It has everything to do with making it a better place for not only the guests but for everyone to enjoy.  

With free summer concerts every Sunday afternoon, free groomed cross country ski trails in the winter, canoeing or paddle boating on the lake there is year round peace and beauty in this lovely nature retreat. Come take a look and see if you might love it as much as I do.

Mark Edevold


I am currently the Treasurer on the Farm By the Lake Board of Directors.  I have served on the Board since 2012.

My roots go back to before Clearwater county was a county. On my father’s side I am 5th generation, on my mother’s side I’m 4th generation.  When I was 12, we lived on my mother’s family farm—the Tangjerd Farm.

 I graduated from Bagley High School. Then attended Moorhead State University where I received a B.A. in Anthropology, and Iowa State University where I received an M.A. in Anthropology, specializing in North American Archeology. 

My wife of 40 years is Tamara Edevold, Executive Director of the Clearwater County Historical Society. We live with our two cats.

I am the Department of Natural Resource’s Region 1 Facilities Adviser. I oversee the care and maintenance of about 680 DNR buildings in northwest Minnesota. 86 of the buildings I oversee are listed on the National Registry of Historic Places.

I am a firm believer that everyone should give something back to their community by volunteering. I have volunteered with the Historic Resources Advisory Committee (HRAC), the Clearwater County Historical Society, and I also get called on to advise or assist other history organization throughout the state.

I have received numerous awards and certifications over the years, but there are two I’m most proud of:  a recognition for serving 5 years on the Headwaters Regional Development Commission, and a Life Time Achievement award from the Minnesota Alliance of Local History Museums.

My connection to FBTL began with my great uncle, Paul Tangjerd, who was a good friend of founder, Richard Davids. In my early teens (mid 1970’s) Paul would take my brother and I to what would become FBTL. We learned about plants, and birds and all things natural. Richard was a warm, friendly man who always welcomed an opportunity to teach about nature.

Nancy Weerts


Hello, I am Nancy Weerts.  I have served on the Board of Directors since 2009.

I have lived in the Bagley area since the fall of 1974.  My husband, Brad, and I have 3 sons, 3 grandchildren, and 5 dogs 

(2 Golden Retrievers and 3 Labradors)

I have had many jobs over the years:  waitress, nursing assistant, laundry, library, Brainerd State Hospital, Lincoln Elementary, and I have worked at the Bagley C.D.A.C. for 34 years.

In my spare time I volunteer for several organizations:  Senior Citizen’s Center, 4-H, Sunday School, Special Olympics, F.O.R.T.H., Daycare, and youth group at Faith Lutheran.

I knew Richard Davids, founder of FBTL,  May Barness, Superintendent of Schools and Richard’s cousin, and Bob Boutain, first caretaker & educator at FBTL.  Some of my favorite memories at FBTL include:  Bob’s bird demonstrations, the goldfish ponds, and cross country skiing with the youth group from Faith Lutheran.  I have always like FBTL and what it stands for.  Being a part of the Board of Directors gives me an opportunity to help accomplish it’s mission.

Keith Kubiak


I have served on the Board of Directors since January 2017.

I want to say I have lived in Bagley all my life, but I actually moved here from St. Paul when I was 6 years old.  My college years were spent in Moorhead, MN.

I am the Owner and Operator of Kubiak’s Family Foods, in Bagley.

I currently reside in an empty nest with my female hunting dog Phred. 

My greatest accomplishments in life are my children,  Karl and Josie.  

Karl is a Professional Bassoonists, currently working on his Masters of Performance in attendance at the Montclair’s School of Music on a Graduates app.  Josie is soon to graduate from the University of Minnesota Moorhead, with a Degree in Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences.  She is currently applying to grad schools for the fall to complete her work to become a Speech Pathologist.  There is no way possible that I could be more proud of these two. 

When I am not living at work, I like to do the normal small town things:  hunting, fishing, golf, or pretty much anything outdoors.  I also have a seat on the Twin Pines Golf Course Board of Directors, and help in the community as often as I can.

Farm By The Lake became special to me through my association with it’s first caretaker, Bob Boutain.  He was my favorite teacher in high school.  I was fortunate enough to be his apprentice so I was able to spent time with him shortly before he passed.  One of my favorite memories is learning how to cross country ski at FBTL.

Kenny Sutherland


Hi, I’m Kenny Sutherland. 

I joined the Farm By The Lake Board in the spring of 2018.  

I’m retired from BNSF Railway after 40 years. I enjoy gardening, fishing, cooking, and hiking.  Debbie, my wife, and I have been neighbors to FBTL for 32 years.  

I bring to the board a strong work ethic, a true love of nature and a desire to make the Farm By The Lake experience great for everyone.,

Lee Furuseth


I am currently the Secretary on the Farm By The Lake Board of Directors.  I joined the Board in August of 2018.

The Furuseth family originally homesteaded to Bagley from Norway.  The family then moved to Gully.  I am distantly related to some of the Furuseths in both the Bagley & Gully Cemeteries.  My father, Paul, along with his brothers and his mother, moved to Thief River Falls.  Hence this is where I originated from and then I completed the circle back to Bagley.

Myself and my wife, Jane, have two adult daughters; Johannah & Hilary.

I am a former Elementary Principal who is currently working as a part-time Physical Education and Early Childhood Teacher.

As an outdoor enthusiast; exercising, fitness, biking, and cross country skiing are my chosen activities outside of work.  While reading and music adds some relaxation to the mix.

I became a Board Member because I really like Farm By The Lake’s cross country ski trails, music concerts, and storytelling series.  I like the concept of providing a quiet place for people to come to relax and rejuvenate.

Chris Arnold