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Food products executive

Ralph Thrane, American food products executive. Recipient Outstanding Young Republican Minnesota award State Convention, 1962.


Thrane, Ralph was born on December 15, 1932 in Kindred, North Dakota, United States. Son of Palmer and Gunda (Simmons) Thrane.


Bachelor, Concordia College, Moorhead, Minnesota, 1954. Master of Business Administration, Stanford University, 1958.


Director corporation planning development Green Giant Company, Le Sueur, Minnesota, 1959-1979. Vice president corporation development Pillsbury Company, Minneapolis, 1979-1989. President Ralph Thrane & Associates Ltd., St. Paul, since 1989, Bayfield Farms Inc., St. Paul, since 1989.

President, board directors Compatible Technology Inc., 1998-2004. Advisory committee United States Department Agriculture, Washington, 1985-1994. Chairman Ramsey County Extension Communications, St. Paul, 1989-1995.


Delaware to county, district, state and national Grand Old Party Convention, 1960-1990. Member state committee central Minnesota State Grand Old Party, 1968-1978. Board regents Golden Valley (Minnesota) Lutheran College, 1975-1978.

President Immanuel Luth Church, St. Paul, 1994-1996. President ImmaculateLuth. Church Foundation, 1999-2002.

With United States Army, 1954-1956. Member Association Corporation Growth (vice president, board directors 1979-1989, chapter president).


  • Other Interests

    Horticulture, Civil War history, genealogy.


Married Loanne Ruth Brager, February 3, 1955. 1 child, Peter.

Palmer Thrane

Gunda (Simmons) Thrane

Loanne Ruth Brager

Peter Thrane