Citizens of the Month
Art Kroetch was born and raised on the family farm approximately 20 miles northwest of Philip. He has lived his life in the Philip area except for the years he spent in the military.
Eleanor (Johnson) Kroetch was born and raised on a farm in the Russell, Minn., area. She lived there until she married Art on June 30, 1954. The couple has seven children, 20 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
The Kroetches have a very strong sense of family, church and community. Their children have always been their first priority, but the Catholic church and the Philip community have been recipients of much of their time and talents.
They have been in business since 1956 and are dedicated to keeping this business in Philip. Their first business in Philip was Art’s Salvage, which has changed through the years to become Krofam, Inc. and its two subsidiaries – Scotchman Industries, Inc. and Scotchman Credit Corporation – which employ approximately 90 people.
Art has served on several boards, including the Haakon School Board, the Haakon County Commissioners and the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital Board.
They believe in giving back to the community. Art and Eleanor have donated to many projects, but felt Philip School’s Fine Arts building deserved extra effort. When the school district was having problems raising the funds to pay for the building costs, the Kroetches gave a cash donation that made it possible for the school district to go forward with the project. Art and Eleanor value the Philip community and are committed to keeping it strong. Congratulations!!